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.
VOXL 2 enables autonomy and communications for both indoor and outdoor drones using vision-based SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology and AI computing.
It is powered by the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G platform and integrates a PX4 real-time flight controller with an 8-core CPU, a GPU and NPU that provide a combined 15 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPs), seven image sensors, and TDK IMUs, and barometer.
ModalAI is positive that this smaller-than-business-card and lighter-than-AA-battery supercomputer autopilot will enable the next generation of smaller, smarter, and safer drones. As Chad Sweet, CEO and cofounder of ModalAI, puts it:
VOXL 2 creates a major…