Iris Automation has partnered with Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) in order to integrate the Casia detect-and-avoid (DAA) system with DMI’s family of hydrogen fuel cell-powered drones. The joint solution will enable DMI’s clients to operate advanced missions such as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights with an enhanced degree of safety, and accelerates the Korean manufacturer’s entrance into the US market.
Casia allows UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to see and react to the aviation environment around the aircraft. The system detects other manned and unmanned aircraft and uses computer-vision algorithms to classify them. It then makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone and triggers an alert to execute maneuvers to safely avoid collisions.
DMI’s commercial UAVs are BVLOS-capable and well suited for long endurance flight applications. Their reliance on hydrogen rather than fuels such as petroleum make them both more eco-friendly and sustainable. DMI will provide US customers with the option of Casia integrated with its drones or as a combined purchase with their stand -alone powered systems. The two companies will also collaborate on professional services to advance compliance with emerging US aircraft regulatory requirements.
Soonsuk (Fran) Roh, manager of Americas and Oceania business development at Doosan Mobility Innovation, commented: “Doosan has developed industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell drone technology that delivers the endurance and performance necessary to enable autonomous UAV flight, without carbon emissions. We are excited to bring this innovation to the United States market, and to partner with a safety innovator like Iris Automation.”
Lori DeMatteis, vice president of sales & marketing at Iris Automation, said: “This partnership opens a new pathway for enterprise operators to evolve their operations from traditional platforms to sustainable and safety-focused BVLOS UAS systems that deliver real business outcomes today, while protecting their environmental and accident safety reputation.”