Probably already more big world manufacturer of leisure drones, DJI continues its offensive in the United States. The Chinese already had since 2014 offices in California but is in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley that Dong intends to install its next centre of R & d. This is Darren Agostino, who has developed the function of Autopilot of Tesla, which is at the head of this centre which has currently only 3 engineers. They will soon be 75 to develop the software of the future drones of the Chinese brand.
DJI has already raised 105 million dollars in the United States
The fantastic pool of developers and engineers of Silicon Valley attracts once more a foreign company. All actors of world size, including Chinese companies, install an antenna in California to attract talent and be at the heart of this global melting pot of innovation in high-tech.
It is in Palo Alto DJI opened the doors of its new research centre, a short walk from Stanford University. If development of the hardware of its drones remain in Shenzhen, China, DJI Palo Alto will host developers who will evolve the brand software. The Chinese who currently have a hundred people in the United States has hired 75 developers in Palo Alto. As reveals the Fortune article, image processing and embedded software are among the foci of this centre. First published job advertisements focus on streaming video, storage, embedded software and numerical simulation. It is more than probable that this investment is echo $ 75 million raised last May with the Accel bottom, based in Palo Alto, and $ 30 million provided by Sequoia Capital, another great Silicon Valley background, a year earlier. The appointment of Darren Agostino at the head of this centre gives an idea of the seriousness of the DJI investment in the United States and constitutes a serious pledge to powerful investors who support the company. Finally, the constructor is also part of the “Task Force” set up by the FAA to work on the evolution of US legislation towards drones.
Translation : Bing Translator
“China’s DJI will develop drones in Palo Alto”, Fortune, October 29, 2015
“DJI Selected As Member Of FAA UAS Registration Task Force”, DJI press release, October 22, 2015
“After Fresh Investment, Chinese Drone Maker DJI Valued at About $8 Billion”, The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2015