Autel Robotics Made in the USA Initiative

Autel Robotics is looking to capitalize on DJI's security problems with US enterprise and government agencies.

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Made in the USA Initiative

Autel Robotics is looking to capitalize on DJI's security problems with US enterprise and government agencies. Drone use in these sectors is only growing and with outright bans on Chinese products in some cases, Autel is stepping up. They are already DJI's largest competitor and this is one way they can take advantage and possibly run away with market share.

To begin this initiative Autel is releasing the Autel EVO II Dual Enterprise UAS bundle. This will give government and enterprise users access to aircraft manufactured in the USA with foreign and domestic parts and labor. CEO Gary DeLuca shared the news with Autel Reseller/Dealers earlier this week saying “We notified our dealers that the change in manufacturing is effective immediately, and this new series of bundles does not impact our ability to ship existing stock. We have been making running changes to the product line in order to accommodate our customer needs since the day we initially released the product.”

So what do you think? Is this the right direction for Autel Robotics? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sep 14, 2020, 09:34 AM
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Yes!
Sep 14, 2020, 11:17 AM
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Still a Chinese owned company...
Sep 14, 2020, 02:34 PM
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What does "manufactured in the USA with foreign and domestic parts and labor." actually mean?

How much of the drone is made from parts sourced outside the USA and how many sub-systems, e.g. motherboards, batteries etc. are made abroad? Are they also saying that they manufacture in the USA with foreign labor?

They really need to clarify what is done in the USA and what is manufactured abroad to give total clarity.
Sep 15, 2020, 12:07 PM
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Where there is a will, there is a way!

While DJI has been resisting outside pressures from any and all directions, this announcement shows that Autel is willing to go the extra mile to satisfy US government requirements.

Whether the technical and security requirements for US government procurement are already met today or not doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Autel is willing, and will thus work with US authorities towards a pragmatic and mutually agreeable solution. That’s been typical expected practice in the defense market since the beginning of time. With so many government policies these days driven by “national security” concerns — whether real or made up for political reasons — cooperation is the only way to ensure success in the US government market going forward.

Kudos to Autel for adjusting their approach to the US!
Sep 27, 2020, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Bearded Flyer
What does "manufactured in the USA with foreign and domestic parts and labor." actually mean?

How much of the drone is made from parts sourced outside the USA and how many sub-systems, e.g. motherboards, batteries etc. are made abroad? Are they also saying that they manufacture in the USA with foreign labor?

They really need to clarify what is done in the USA and what is manufactured abroad to give total clarity.
That means they'll be importing the labor as well as material so they can say "made in USA" Basically bring the Chinese factory and all the employees here to avoid tariffs and gain the US made bonus. A lot of the tool companies have been using the same strategy for a few years.
Sep 30, 2020, 08:17 AM
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I'm reluctant to fly my dji mavic 2, love it but I really don't want to be collecting data for anyone


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