Exyn Technologies and Velodyne Develop Fully Autonomous Indoor UAVs

By Mike Ball / 19 Apr 2018
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Exyn Technologies and Velodyne indoor UAS

Exyn Technologies and Velodyne LiDAR have announced that they have combined Exyn’s proprietary AI software, exynAI, and Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors to form fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that safely execute complex missions in high-value commercial operations.

Exyn’s Advanced Autonomous Aerial Robots (A3R) will be flying in large warehouses and distribution centers to autonomously scan and map inventory, helping to increase frequency and accuracy of cycle counts, reduce time taken, and decrease risk for workers.

“Using Velodyne’s VLP-16, Exyn’s A3Rs do not need GPS, beacons or markers,” said Nader Elm, chief executive officer of Exyn Technologies. “This technology is being developed to ease logistical bottlenecks in warehouses, as well as to go into other indoor and GPS-limited environments such as commercial construction sites and first-responder situations. We operate in a full 3D volumetric space and can dynamically plan flight paths in complex, dynamic and cluttered environments.”

The Velodyne VLP-16 is the primary sensor for simultaneous localization and mapping, as well as part of the sense-and-avoid capabilities and state estimation. The UAV scans in all fields of view, reading barcodes and RFID beacons, judging location and numbers of stock. The vehicle can even note worker positions and react accordingly in real-time.

“We are very excited to partner with Exyn Technologies,” said Frank Bertini, UAV and Robotics business manager at Velodyne LiDAR. “It proves the business case for 3D LiDAR beyond just autonomous cars. The demand for real-time inventory management within warehouses and fulfilment centers has created a need for autonomous platforms which are both efficient and safe.”

The A3R, powered by the exynAI autonomy core, intelligently fuses multiple sensing modalities including LiDAR, IMU, and cameras to enable robust perception and navigation in real-world conditions. No one is as focused on robust, indoor, infrastructure-less autonomous flight as Exyn. While agnostic to the vehicle platform, the company is also planning to extend its autonomous capabilities to ground-based robots.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact