New York (The Verge) — Skydio 2: the self-flying future of drones starts at $999
Skydio has announced the Skydio 2, following up its Skydio R1 self-flying drone with a version that’s been improved in practically every way, from size and weight to battery life and AI autonomy, with new controllers to let you pilot it manually in addition to following you around through tricky terrain without crashing into obstacles.
Skydio says it’s the first drone that’s safe enough that I could hand my three-year-old the controller, and it’s willing to back up that promise with a warranty: if you manage to crash it while flying within the company’s Safe Flight guidelines (not at night, not in rain or fog or high winds, etc.), it will repair or replace your drone for free.
Then there’s the price: at $999 without a controller, the Skydio 2 is less than half the cost of the original and more than competitive with DJI’s prosumer Mavic drones, particularly now that Trump’s tariffs are in force. In short, Skydio’s no longer pitching a productized proof of concept; this might be the first self-flying drone you may actually want to buy. — Sean Hollister/@verge