Drone prom­ises to walk dogs along GPS route

The Commercial Appeal - - Business -

USA TO­DAY

There’s a drone for ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing one to walk your dog thanks to a Bri­tish com­pany.

Drones Di­rect, based in West York­shire, Eng­land, is telling cus­tomers: “Give the dog a drone.” The com­pany’s DJI’s Phan­tom 4 Proflight Walkies Dog Drone has a built-in re­tractable leash, hands-free pi­lot­ing and runs at an “auto al­ti­tude” (we’re guess­ing that means high enough to avoid a dog at­tack).

It prom­ises to walk your dog for up to 30 minutes along a GPS route of your choos­ing, while avoid­ing ob­sta­cles with “built-in col­li­sion avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy,” ac­cord­ing to its prod­uct de­scrip­tion. Plus, the drone’s cam­era will help you keep an eye on your pup us­ing a smart­phone.

“They’ll be days when you just can’t find time to walk lit­tle rover and have to un­for­tu­nately miss a day,” the site says. “For­tu­nately for you, we’re here to help!”

The drone isn’t cheap. It will set cus­tomers back more than $2,300. Even if the drone is able to con­trol the dog, law en­force­ment might not be too sup­port­ive of an unat­tended dog.

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