How Verizon shuttering Skyward impacts Parrot ANAFI Ai drone rollout
Skyward, wireless carrier Verizon’s drone software subsidiary, will be ending operations in the coming weeks. In addition to the quandary this development presents Skyward customers with, the unexpected news puts in a limbo European drone maker Parrot’s plan to make its ANAFI Ai craft 4G-enabled right out of the box.
Parrot and Skyward-Verizon have been collaborating for a while now – first offering training to ANAFI USA users collectively, and then putting together an extensive rollout plan for the new ANAFI Ai drone in the United States. Heck, Skyward subscribers were even promised Verizon 4G LTE connectivity for their ANAFI Ai drone at no additional cost!
While hyping 4G as the “new communications standard” for the enterprise drone industry, Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot, had said:
Advanced artificial intelligence, autonomous flights, best-in-class imaging, photogrammetry accuracy, and reliable 4G LTE connectivity on the Verizon network…