Skydio’s AI-powered autonomous R1 drone follows you around in 4K

Skydio’s R1 drone can be flown without expertise and doesn’t even come with a controller. It uses artificial intelligence, specifically computer vision algorithms, to identify its surroundings, avoid obstacles, and follow its subjects with 4K video recording. The device goes on sale today for $2,499 and it ships in a few weeks.

Skydio, an autonomous drone startup based out of Redwood City, California, unveiled a product today that it’s been working on for four years. The R1, as it’s called, is an artificial intelligence-powered quadcopter capable of shooting 4K video of a subject and maneuvering complex environments all on its own. Using industry advancements in AI to help train a custom computer vision system, Skydio...