Unexpected issues force drone maker DJI to roll back ‘White House’ update

DJI Phantom 2 drones are once again free to fly over restricted areas — at least temporarily. The Chinese drone maker has been forced to roll back its latest firmware update — also known as the “White House patch” — after reports that the update caused “unanticipated flight behavior.”

The patch was quickly shipped out following a high-profile incident that saw one of the company’s drones crash land on the White House grounds in Washington D.C. The accident led to renewed demands for comprehensive new FAA regulation over amateur drone flight. DJI did its part by releasing new firmware that used geofencing to block its Phantom 2 drones from flying over restricted areas like sensitive spots in D.C. The update included an expansion of an…

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