Credit to Author: Chanan Bos| Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:48:08 +0000
Published on November 10th, 2019 | by Chanan Bos
November 10th, 2019 by Chanan Bos
There are about 100 companies out there developing eVTOL (electric vertical take off and landing) vehicles, but there are only a handful of companies developing the AI that will power them and one day turn them into robotaxis, autonomous delivery drones, and any other airborne function that does not require a pilot. One of the leaders in this field is Daedalean, a company best in Switzerland.
In some ways Daedalean is the air counterpart to Tesla’s autopilot program — working on full self flying instead of full self driving. Unlike Tesla, it doesn’t have hundreds of thousands of vehicles to gather data. Also, its challenges avoiding crashes, navigating the sky, and landing are in many ways different from the challenges that an autonomous car faces. Thus, the vehicles require different sensors, but the same kind of neural network–based AI.
In the video below, CleanTechnica interviews Boris Videnov, head of systems at Daedalean, about autonomous AI for in the sky. What they tell us about their field is fascinating and an interesting contrast to what we have heard from companies like Tesla and Waymo.
CleanTechnica has written about Daedalean before. For more information on the company itself, I recommend this article, and for more information on the difference between full self flying and full self driving, I recommend this article.
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Chanan Bos Chanan grew up in a multicultural, multi-lingual environment that often gives him a unique perspective on a variety of topics. He is always in thought about big picture topics like AI, quantum physics, philosophy, Universal Basic Income, climate change, sci-fi concepts like the singularity, misinformation, and the list goes on. Currently, he is studying creative media & technology but already has diplomas in environmental sciences as well as business & management. His goal is to discourage linear thinking, bias, and confirmation bias whilst encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and helping people understand exponential progress. Chanan is very worried about his future and the future of humanity. That is why he has a tremendous admiration for Elon Musk and his companies, foremost because of their missions, philosophy, and intent to help humanity and its future. He sees Tesla as one of the few companies that can help us save ourselves from climate change.