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Drone follows CBS News 8's Shawn Styles on Baja surf run

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The next time you look up in the sky you may see a drone flying itself.  

New technology hitting the market allows drones to follow you automatically using GPS.  

It's called "follow me" technology. Think of it like GoPro camera in the sky, perfect for recording action sports.  

Simply strap on a small remote control and the drone uses GPS to follow your every move.  

"People who like to surf; strap it to your arm, paddle out and go surfing and the drone will follow you wherever you go," said Craig Glover, a professional drone pilot who works for Yuneec USA.  

The company offered to demonstrate its latest drone - the Typhoon 4K - on a surf trip in Mexico with CBS News 8's Shawn Styles.  

Styles hit the water with the Typhoon 4K in manual flight mode as the drone tracked his paddle out south of Rosarito Beach.  

The drone can fly at a top speed of about 20 miles per hour, depending on wind conditions.  

It didn't take long for a surf set to roll in. The eye in the sky video is amazing and this truly is the ultimate selfie.  

Next, a CBS News 8 producer hit a Baja beach on a dirt bike.  

In follow me mode, the Yuneec drone follows behind the rider. In watch me mode, the drone tries to stay ahead of the rider.  

Our motorcycle rider had to stop and wait for the drone a few times and, make no mistake, it takes a bit of practice to keep the drone on track.  

For action sport enthusiasts in the United States, the Yuneec drone has automatic safety software to keep it legal with the FAA.  

"This copter will not start or fly within five miles of any major airport. Also it will not go over 400 feet in the air," Yuneec pilot Glover said. 

Expect drone technology to get faster and more accurate as drone sales take off nationwide.

An estimated 700,000 drones will be sold this year nationwide. The Yuneec 4K drone sells for about $1,300.

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