The Highest Level of Aerial Autonomy

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“In the absence of GPS. the robot does what you and I wouild do, which is perceive the environment.  It looks around and builds a map of where it is and that’s the very beginning of the mission. Then from there, it basically says ‘OK that’s my mission. I’ve got to go forward and explore this volume of space.'”

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This Week’s Key Question

“What does it mean to achieve the highest level of aerial Autonomy?”

This Week’s Guest

Nader Elm is CEO and Founder of EXYN Technologies.  EXYN Technologies pioneers autonomous robot systems for complex, GPS-denied environments.  The company’s full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real time.  Earlier this year, the company announced that it had achieved what it considers the highest level of aerial autonomy reached within the UAS industry. EXYN drones are immune to GPS signal loss, meaning all spatial and mapping computations are done onboard.  They can fly anywhere without a remote operator.  This is a major step up from previous levels of autonomy, in which a human is required to potentially assume control, something that has prevented drones from entering spaces without ranging signals, such as underground mining locations. Nader has spent his professional career in fast-growing technology domains, progressively moving from engineering roles to leadership of startups and strategic growth initiatives in large enterprises.  He joined as CEO of EXYN Technologies at the company’s formation in 2014.

What We Learn

Nader talks about EXYN Technologies, it’s Level 4 autonomous drones, and how the company’s technology is successfully mapping dangerous and isolated underground locations in the mining industry, saving time and providing added safety benefits.

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