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American drone companies aren’t built to compete

GoPro’s announcement this week that it would exit the drone business was greeted by many observers as a foregone conclusion. Karma, the company’s first foray into drones, had sold poorly after an embarrassing recall in 2016. Under pressure to cut costs amid slowing sales in its core action-camera business, GoPro’s hand was forced. Viewed in that light, Karma was just one more tech company side hustle that didn’t pay off.

But to shrug off GoPro’s drone is to ignore a larger question: why have American efforts to build a popular...

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Published By: theverge.com - Thursday, 11 January