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AI-based autonomous flight control for the aircraft of today and electric VTOLs of tomorrow

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€3 192 813
EU Contribution
€2 234 969
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

AI applications in aeroplanes, helicopters, and the futuristic electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are on the rise due to high performance in autonomous flight control systems.


The EU-funded Raven project proposes an innovative flight control system based on AI technology that addresses fly-by-wire aircraft and next-generation eVTOLs. The system is a combination of custom-designed neural networks, core avionics software, computer vision algorithms and special-purpose aviation-grade software, and is designed for certification in aviation. The Raven system will enhance the production of helicopters and respond to the potential future demand for eVTOLs. The system targets the current general aviation market segments and the drones market.

We are developing Raven—a novel AI autonomous flight control system. Raven is an airframe-agnostic solution targeted at fly-by-wire aircraft of today (fixed-wing airplanes & helicopters) & tomorrow (eVTOLs & others). It is a combination of custom-designed neural networks, core avionics software, computer vision algorithms & special-purpose aviation-grade hardware.

We are developing a special kind of neural networks that are deterministic by design, built specifically for the purposes of certification in aviation. They learn while they are getting trained, they don’t learn when they are piloting aircraft. They run in the dedicated environment & on certifiable hardware that we are creating. This is a major innovation over the generic state-of-the-art in AI.
Airbus forecasts that the potential demand for eVTOLs in the urban air mobility market will be 100X bigger its current yearly production of helicopters. This market can only grow with full flight autonomy provided by Raven.


We have raised €4m+ of funding & already generated €110,000 in early revenues. Our current deal pipeline is worth €2m. As of May 2019 we have signed agreements with 14 most prominent eVTOL OEMs (out of 85+) & have been approached by dozens of others. We are already working with high-profile eVTOL manufacturers such as Volocopter, Lilium Aviation, Kitty Hawk, Dufour Aerospace & multiple others. We also have closed commercial agreements with the avionics vendors, drone OEMs & traditional aircraft OEMs such Euroavionics, AirTractor & Airbus Helicopters. We have also entered a strategic commercial partnership with a major German car manufacturer that wants to enter the eVTOL market & sees Raven as the key enabling solution.

Starting with 2020 we forecast steady cashflows with the drones & existing general aviation market segments. To reach a unicorn valuation we are betting on the urban air mobility market segment.


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€2 234 969


Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
AI-based autonomous flight control system

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