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Startup Uses Reddit To Announce Blockchain-based DJI Drone Rental Service

2018-04-03

 

   

An Australian startup took to Reddit to unconventionally announce a partnership with DJI dealers — a blockchain-based drone rental service.

 

Sound like the most 2018 sentence ever? You’re not wrong.

 

The startup markets provide asset-tracking and payments services to “sharing economy” providers worldwide — including drones. Sharering calls itself as the “Amazon of the sharing economy,” using a distributed recording system based on blockchain technology, and claims that it can’t be broken or hacked.

 

Sharering announced this week that it would be partnering with DJI distributors in Australia to provide an online service for them to rent their drones to governments, corporations, and for events.

 

Sharering is a small company launched in 2017 that raised a $3.8 million funding round last month, according to Crunchbase.

 

DJI currently does not have its own drone rental system in place, though a variety of startups have sprung up around the drone rental market. One of the most popular startups, UpSonder, acts as a type of Airbnb for drones. UpSonder handles the payment processing, scheduling, messaging and more. And for people who don’t want to meet the owner directly, they can even have it delivered via Uber.

 

Most of the drones on UpSonder’s site are DJI products. A DJI Phantom can typically be rented for about $70 a day while the Mavic can  be rented typically for about $85. UpSonder also serves as a market for finding drone pilots.

 

Sharering is not the first drone-related company to get in on the blockchain craze. Mota, the company that purchased the rights to manufacture the Lily drone, says it has been experimenting with blockchain technology for drones. Mota executives have said that they envision a future where blockchain could decentralize the system for tracking drones, while providing greater transparency as to the whereabouts of drone flights.

 

一家澳大利亚创业公司前往Reddit,出乎意料地宣布与大疆经销商建立合作关系,这是一个基于区块链的无人机租赁服务。

听起来就像2018年才会有的句子?你没有错。

创业市场为全球的“共享经济”提供商提供资产跟踪和支付服务,包括无人机。Sharering称自己为“分享经济的亚马逊”,使用基于区块链技术的分布式记录系统,并声称它不能被破坏或黑客入侵。

Sharering本周宣布,它将与大疆在澳大利亚的经销商合作,为他们提供在线服务,将他们的无人机出租给政府、企业和活动。

根据Crunchbase的数据,Sharering是一家在2017年推出的小型公司,上个月筹集了380万美元的资金。

大疆目前没有自己的无人机租赁系统,尽管各种初创公司都出现在了无人机租赁市场上。 UpSonder是最受欢迎的创业公司之一,它是无人机的Airbnb类型。 UpSonder操纵付款处理、日程安排、消息传递等等。对于那些不想直接与机主见面的人,他们甚至可以通过优步来交付。

UpSonder网站上的大多数无人机都是大疆的产品。 大疆幻影通常可以租用,每天约70美元,而Mavic通常可以以约85美元租用。 UpSonder还可以作为寻找无人驾驶飞行员的市场。

Sharering不是第一个陷入区块链热潮的与无人机相关的公司。购买制造百合无人机权利的公司Mota表示,它一直在试验无人机区块链技术。 Mota的高管们表示,他们设想未来可以通过区块链分散追踪无人机的系统,同时为无人机航班下落提供更大的透明度。

 

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