This epic drone video might give classic car aficionados a ton of anxiety, but it’s a must-watch anyway. DJI sent an Avata drone inside the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, which is home to many rare cars and a variety of historical models spanning 5,600 square meters and a total of 80 exhibits.
As far as we know, the Avata drone didn’t scratch a single one of them.
It’s all a pretty good publicity stunt for the Chinese drone maker to promote its Cinewhoop-style FPV drone, the DJI Avata. The Avata was designed to fit through tight spaces and capture never-before-seen shots. So with that, DJI reached out to the folks at Porsche to see if they would be open to letting a drone fly through their museum full of historic cars.
Surprisingly Porsche agreed, and here’s what happened:
Among the cars featured in the Avata FPV video are the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton – the oldest surviving design on which Ferdinand Porsche worked — and what’s considered one of the most important vehicles in the company’s collection.
How reliable is DJI Avata?
As far as we can tell, the Avata drone didn’t crash into any of the cars in the Porsche Museum. But what it does do is get super close to them, hovering just over their hoods, flying between open doors and whirring right past their windshields in a 2-minute compilation video.
And that bodes well for DJI, which is promoting the reliability of its Avata drone (it better be pretty reliable if Porsche is willing to let spinning rotors on top of its multi-million dollar car collection).
One of the most impressive features on the Avata — that was probably a big factor in getting Porsche to agree to the whole video — is DJI’s flagship O3+ video transmission and 2T2R omnidirectional antennas. These provide more stability and responsiveness during flight, offer up a smooth real-time view in your goggles and make the drone more reliable even in environments with interference. Abata has a maximum 10 km video transmission range.
Avata features downward binocular vision and ToF infrared sensing to prevent crashes as the sensors can detect obstacles below and allow Avata to perform low-altitude or indoor flight. Though, it does not support forward obstacle sensing and avoidance.
There’s also a built-in propeller guard to cut down on damage in the event there is a crash.
Using FPV drones to market impressive architecture like the Porsche Museum
The video is also nice showcase of what’s inside the Porsche Museum, and it suggests that the Avata is offering up a fresh way to provide tours and promotional material for all kinds of museums, hotels or other attractions. In fact, at the end of 2022, the company also used Avata to give the world a drone tour of the DJI headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Watch that DJI headquarters tour here:
This style of FPV tour has also been adopted by individual filmmakers. The folks at Above Summit sent an FPV inside the Encore Boston Harbor, a luxury resort and casino, where an FPV drone flies right through the floral ferris wheel in the lobby, hovers over the casino tables and whisks over the glowing Encore sign outside.
Here’s a clip of Above Summit’s Encore tour: