Skydio’s secret sauce for making drones smarter, faster is now public

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There’s no question that the brains inside Skydio drones are rather impressive. These things are masters of AI and autonomy, capable of carrying out tasks that can prove challenging for other drones. The team, naturally, knows everything there’s to know about building autonomous robots at scale. And now, it’s ready to share its learnings with the wider robotics community by making public SymForce – the library that powers the motion planner and computer vision systems used by Skydio drones.

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Auterion OS upgrade enhances drone mapping missions

Open-source drone flight control tech company Auterion has introduced enhancements to its operating system designed to improve the efficiency of automated mapping and data workflow transmission for enterprise clients. It separately announced the integration of its avionics modules in Acecore’s Zoe heavy-lift UAVs.

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This 16g open-source autopilot can make drones smarter, safer

ModalAI, a Blue UAS framework manufacturer of autonomous drone technology, says it has developed the world’s smallest and most advanced autopilot built in the USA. Weighing only 16 grams, ModalAI’s VOXL 2 is designed specifically for GPS-denied, autonomous drones with obstacle avoidance.

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Auterion adds Spleenlab AI to its open-source drone modules

Open-source flight control tech company Auterion is teaming up with German artificial intelligence (AI) software specialist Spleenlab to provide tiny but powerful supercomputing capacities aboard drones for business and government users.

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Gremsy announces PE line of plug-and-play camera gimbals for open drone ecosystems

Gremsy, one of the most popular developers of camera gimbal stabilizers for drones, is launching a new product for open drone ecosystems. The Vietnamese gimbal manufacturer recently joined forces with autonomous mobility platform Auterion. And the result is Gremsy PE: a gimbal series that has been purpose-built for an effortless integration with Auterion and MAVLink compliant drones.

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After banning Chinese craft, Japan joins open-source drone movement

In 2022, Japan’s government agencies will stop purchasing drones from China to curb potential security risks. Private organizations plan to follow suit. But affordable homegrown options are nonexistent. This is why the leading infrastructure companies are now exploring open-source drone technologies to decrease the cost and complexity of developing new aircraft.

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