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GPS-free, beyond the visual line of sight navigation for logistics drones in urban environments

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Total project cost
€3 527 060
EU Contribution
€2 456 377
Project Acronym
AUTOFLY
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security
Transport sectors
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATORCHALLENGES-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The increasing use of drones in various fields like delivery and inspection highlights the need for situational awareness capabilities. The EU-funded AUTOFLY project aims to address this need by developing a unique platform designed by Sightec that enables drones to perform complex tasks autonomously. The platform utilises advanced algorithms for vision-based orientation and navigation, real-time detection and tracking, visual positioning and autonomous inspection. It also allows for constant communication and real-time broadcast of analytics to mission control while using minimal network bandwidth, beyond line of sight and without GPS. By cross-referencing map data with visually observed landmarks, known waypoints, and visible obstacles and hazards, the system enables autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles to navigate like human pilots.

Objectives

Sightec offers a unique platform based on cutting-edge algorithms which can provide vision-based orientation and navigation, Real-time Detection & Tracking, Visual Positioning and Autonomous Inspection. Sightec analytics performed on edge devices support a novel approach for determining global self-position. Our system enables constant communication and real-time broadcast of analytics to mission control, while using minimal network bandwidth. With Sightec, autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles to navigate as human pilots do, by cross-referencing map data with visually observed landmarks, known waypoints, and visible obstacles and hazards. Sightec enables drones to autonomously perform complex tasks that are otherwise impossible with currently available technology. In February 2021, our capabilities were demonstrated through a successful flight of a delivery drone across five routes in southern Israel, beyond line-of-sight and without the use of GPS.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.3.1 - The European Innovation Council (EIC)
HORIZON.3.1.2 - The Accelerator
Other Programme
HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATORCHALLENGES-01-02 Green Deal innovations for the Economic Recovery

Partners

Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€2 456 377

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Technology
Long flight duration drones

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