DJI's 'electronic license plate' helps authorities identify drones in mid-flight

DJI took to the roofs of Washington DC to demonstrate AeroScope, a new identification technology the company has taken to calling an “electronic license plate for drones.” The feature is designed to offer up quick information to authorities on a given UAV, should it, say, come to lose to an airport, prison or other restricted airspace.

The D.C. location was no doubt chosen to highlight the leading drone company’s efforts to help the FAA and other government bodies as they increase regulation around the booming industry. Ironically, local regulations prohibited the company from actually flying the drones around, so the technology was demoed with stationery products.