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Hiflyer808

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Hey Skydio! I was going to pre-order your drone but reports of a variety of problems have me thinking I should get the Autel Evo 2 instead. But most of the problems seem fixable with firmware changes, so here are my top firmware update requests:

1. Can turn off OA for night flying and other situations where you want complete manual control.
2. Can make the OA "bubble" around the drone smaller.
3. Can set a height "ceiling" in the same way you can already set a height floor, so that in situations such as a forest the drone doesn't try to fly up into the canopy to avoid an obstacle. I've seen numerous videos where the Skydio gets hung up trying to find a way through dense branches when it would have found a much eadier path if it had dodged below or to the side of the original obstacle instead of over it. Maybe call it "forest mode," there are a lot of situations like that where most of the obstacles are up high and close to the ground is the preferred path.
4. When using the beacon and visual tracking is lost and the drone is tracking via gps only, have the front of the drone point towards the gps signal. I've seen several videos where the subject thought the drone was lost when it was simply in gps tracking mode but with the camera pointing the wrong way. Also, the shots you get would be more usable if the camera is pointed in the right general direction.
5. Same thing when signal is lost and automatic RTH is activated. Again, based on what you see on the screen when the video signal comes back it can seem like the drone is flying aimlessly when actually it's flying towards you.

Any ideas on other improvements?
 

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All good requests. Not sure if #1 is even possible though... no compass, optical flow, etc... I think this drone relies on its cameras...
 

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Interesting point about the cameras.. It does use gps though and provides telemetry. How would it know how high up it is if only relying on cameras? I would guess that with OA turned off navigation would be pretty rough, you couldn't track, and you'd want to stay well clear of any obstacles. Seems like it could work for just straight cruising shots at a high elevation..
 

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Doubtful you'll ever be able to turn off the OA. #4 is the one I've had issues with. The subject lock is primarily dependent on visual tracking, personally I'd like to see it switch to a GPS lock at higher speeds or be selectable to have the SD2 use GPS instead of visual lock.
 

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All good requests. Not sure if #1 is even possible though... no compass, optical flow, etc... I think this drone relies on its cameras...
I've seen the drone fly at night if you can trick it into launching, so I believe it is capable. Quite frankly, I'm old enough to have flown drones that didn't even have GPS and then only GPS and they did "okay".... Besides, the Skydio 2 uses GPS to fly the entire time the sensors are out of their range which is a few meters at best. It can't "see" the ground when it's 400' high.
 

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I'm with you on number one, I'm just about over being the co pilot to this drone.

As far as improvements, better battery management would be high on my list.

Better stick control and less "meandering" and "drifting".

They could lose some of their control lag as well. Although that may be a factor of the transmission system they are using. Of course, it may also be a factor of the drone considering your "suggestions" before it implements them. Hahaha!
 
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I've seen the drone fly at night if you can trick it into launching, so I believe it is capable. Quite frankly, I'm old enough to have flown drones that didn't even have GPS and then only GPS and they did "okay".... Besides, the Skydio 2 uses GPS to fly the entire time the sensors are out of their range which is a few meters at best. It can't "see" the ground when it's 400' high.
I hope your right. It would greatly benefit us all as owners of this drone.
 

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After watching more videos, another firmware update request would be this:
When the drone pauses its tracking in a difficult environment to try to find a way around an obstacle, and then finds a way, it doesn't immediately rush to catch up with the subject, but rather slowly ramps up the speed. I've now seen quite a few videos where you have impressive segments as the drone avoids obstacles, but they are interspersed with segments that are unusable because the drone suddenly speeds up after a pause in a difficult area. To me those pauses are not so objectonable in cinematic terms as the rushes to catch up, an when you edit out pauses you lose a lot less content than when you cut out the rushing.
 

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I pretty much use the SD in the "rush" mode all the time. The avoidance tends to fly over the majority of the obstacles when at speed and does it well. But the terrain I'm flying in supports it. For me the loosing lock issue is the most prevalent problem. I'd write it up and send them a email, that's what I did as well as put it in their recent survey. To me SD seems very receptive. Plus its all in-country, no language barrier, much easier to get a point across.
 
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Hopefully Skydio management is following the mixed bag of complaints regarding how well and quickly complaints are being addressed.

If they stayed in front of it you'd expect a growing number of positive outcomes and fewer and fewer negative outcomes.

P.S. @Ridefreak
Is the "recent survey" you mention a publicized poll ... a survey put forth only to Skydio 2 owners.... something else all entirely?
 

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I think it was sent out to owners who have already received their drone, it came from survey monkey for Skydio. It was mostly yes no type questions but there was one area you could make suggestions.
 

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I think it was sent out to owners who have already received their drone, it came from survey monkey for Skydio. It was mostly yes no type questions but there was one area you could make suggestions.
Funny, haven’t received that.
 

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I think it was sent out to owners who have already received their drone, it came from survey monkey for Skydio. It was mostly yes no type questions but there was one area you could make suggestions.
Hmm ... too bad. That type of survey INMHO sadly results in few if any worthwhile changes.
I've yet to receive any follow ups (computerized or human :)) to "many" similar type surveys I've completed in recent memory.
 

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Releasing the survey to new owners might be timed since everyone didn't get their drones at the same time, that would make sense to me.
 

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