Parrot Releases New Consumer Drone and Targets €270-300M Fundraising

Parrot Releases New Consumer Drone and Targets €270-300M Fundraising
French maker of consumer drones Parrot has unveiled last week their new $549 (€549) leisure drone, the Bebop 2.

The new device comes with a largely improved flying time of 25 minutes thanks to a complete redesign of the system (which now weights only 500 gr) and a rechargeable, 2700 mAh lithium-ion battery).

The drone can fly up to 37 mph (60 km/h) and reach an altitude of 100 m (328 feet) in less than 20 seconds.

Bebop 2 embeds a 14 megapixel fish-eye camera that is stabilized by software. For this new drone the manufacturer selected the latest generation of u-blox GPS chipset that is coupled with a large ceramic antenna.

Like previous Parrot drones, the device is piloted through a smartphone or a tablet using Wi-Fi. The range of the drone can be extended with an optional device called Skycontroller which has a joystick, a cradle for a tablet and a large Wi-Fi antenna providing an extended flight range, up to 2 kms.

But even without the Skycontroller, Bebop 2 can fly quite far using an autonomous mode. In this case the user set a path on the map on his tablet (it requires internet connection to download the aerial imagery from Google Maps or Apple Maps), then the drone flies through waypoints previously marked on the map.

GPS Business News spoke with Arsène Ferrand, project manager for the Bebop 2. Watch the interview and the Bebop 2 demonstration below:

€270 to €300 million fund raising
In addition to doing nice videos and aerial pictures, the drone can also capture imagery to build 3D models thanks to an upcoming integration with 3D modeling software Pix4D.

Parrot is a shareholder in Pix4D, a Swiss startup where they invested 2.4 million Swiss francs (US$ 2.35 million) in 2012. The company also invested in Airinov (agriculture), Sensefly (fixed wing professional drone), MicaSense (sensor for agriculture drones) and Iconem (3D modeling of Archeological sites) four other B2B drone startups.


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