April 28, 2021

ExynDrone400x275Exyn Technologies, which develops autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied industrial environments, has announced it achieved the highest documented level of aerial autonomy. At Level 4A Autonomy, Exyn’s drones are capable of free-flight exploration of complex spaces, with the complete determination of flight path at 2+ meter/second flight speeds, and with higher data collection in larger volumes.

The company said unlike previous industry standards of aerial autonomy that use waypoints and multiple flights to obtain adequate intelligence, its drones are completely self-reliant for open-ended exploration, and do not require any human interaction during a flight.

“The ability for UAVs to fly beyond the operator’s visual line of sight has been a milestone in achieving true pilotless autonomy,” said Nader Elm, CEO of Exyn Technologies. “Most players in this space have achieved Level 2 or perhaps Level 3 autonomy at best, which in the best cases necessitates persistent communications and a fallback-ready human operator to intervene.”

Elm added that Exyn drones have unique capabilities that are fundamentally necessary for safe and successful operations in challenging environments. “This has been the missing link to maximizing the success of critical applications, such as industrial inspections, search and rescue missions, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for government operations,” said Elm.

“People have been talking about Level 4 Autonomy in driverless cars for some time, but having that same degree of intelligence condensed onboard a self-sufficient UAV is an entirely different engineering challenge in and of itself,” said Jason Derenick, CTO at Exyn.

The company said it has commercialized industrial-grade drone autonomy with major customers in the mining, construction, and logistics sectors, and is rolling out Level 4 autonomous capabilities over the next few months.

More details are available at the Exyn website. A whitepaper that defines the levels of aerial autonomy is available here (registration required).

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