DJI leads new anti-blacklist Drone Advocacy Alliance lobby
In sign the global leader of the consumer and enterprise UAV market is broadening its lobbying efforts against US blacklisting of its aerial tech, DJI has joined a small group of domestic companies to form the Drone Advocacy Alliance, which vows to battle spreading bans of craft “based simply on where they are manufactured.”
Given the inflamed anti-China sentiments in certain US circles – and the rather easy points to be scored by leaders giving politicized voice to those – the formation of a counter-lobbying organization isn’t surprising.
Left to be seen, however, is whether even DJI – by far the dominating actor in US and global drone manufacturing and sales – can reverse the rising protectionist blacklisting tide that has primarily penalized its drones. In doing so, it is being backed by four US UAV service partners, and an additional member that functions as a lobbying structure for those kinds of small and medium sector…