Skydio has announced its decision to exit the consumer drone segment, marking the end of sales for its popular Skydio 2+ Starter, Sports, Cinema, and Pro kits. While the firm halts these consumer offerings, it reassures ongoing support for its existing customers. Services like vehicle repairs, warranty support, and the availability of essential accessories like batteries and propellers will persist "for as long as we can."
The shift in focus emerges from the company's ambition to concentrate on its enterprise segment. With over 1,500 commercial customers, which includes diverse public service applications, Skydio aims to bolster key sectors like public safety, transportation, energy, construction, and defense. Adam Bry, Skydio's founder, emphasizes the growing need for "trusted, secure drones" in these crucial areas and recognizes the significance of their enterprise and public sector impact.
This strategic pivot has been influenced in part by the challenges faced by drone giant DJI, which has come under scrutiny amid escalating U.S./China tensions. Such dynamics have rendered a favorable environment for Skydio, which is based in the Bay Area, propelling their adoption in domestic security sectors. Government contracts present a more appealing business model than consumer sales, especially as DJI remains a dominant force in the consumer drone world.