The Mavic 2 is suspected to be succeeded by the next-generation Mavic drone.

Last May, DJI made an important announcement: starting January 1, 2020, every drone model weighing over 250 grams will have AirSense Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers installed. By identifying helicopters and airplanes nearby, drones equipped with ADS-B sensors will be able to detect obstacles and avoid collisions. It would only make sense that DJI plans on rolling out new models soon, especially after a relatively quiet 2019.

A DJI Mavic 3 was expected by the end of this month. However, according to DroneDJ, invites for an industry release party have yet to be sent out. This is certainly not a promising sign. There are two reasons for this possible delay – the Skydio 2 and Autel EVO II. The latter is the most concerning as it blows the Mavic series out of the water with superior specs including the first consumer-grade 8K camera.

A delay in the Mavic 3 may mean the DJI Mavic Air 2 will be the first consumer-grade model featuring ADS-B technology to be released in 2020. Rumored upgrades to the original Mavic Air include longer battery life, 360º obstacle avoidance, aerodynamic propellers for quieter flights, and improved 4K video with an Ambarella processor.

The Matrice 300 is expected to arrive before the end of February. The Matrice 200 and 210 models are primarily used by search and rescue teams, police forces, and firefighters. The enterprise-grade drones started malfunctioning and falling from the sky, according to a report by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. A Matrice 600 is also a possibility toward the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Keep in mind these are only rumors. DPReview has not received any confirmation on new releases for 2020 from our contacts at DJI.

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