Getting drunk and accidentally crashing your drone on the White House lawn just got a little harder. The Wall Street Journal reports that DJI Technology, which manufactures the quadcopter that recently plowed into the president’s yard, is altering the devices’ software so they will be prevented from taking off in the nation’s capital. (The change will help enforce a no-fly zone and better comply with FAA rules.) The China-based company is also adding a feature to stop its products from whirring between countries, thanks to the meth-laden DJI drone that was found last week near the United States–Mexico border. Of course, the technology has to be downloaded to work, and some say it could probably be hacked — probably fairly easily by the very people who are into flying drones.
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