acoustic based detect and avoidZipline Unveils New Acoustic-Based Detect and Avoid Technology

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

This week, instant logistics leader Zipline revealed a first-of-its-kind new Detection and Avoidance (DAA) system utilizing onboard acoustic-based technology.

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This acoustic system is composed of a series of small, lightweight acoustic microphones and onboard processors used to navigate airspace and grant 360-degree awareness with a range of up to 2,000 meters. This innovative onboard system enables the aircraft to autonomously detect and maneuver around other aircraft and obstacles in real-time, making large scale autonomous commercial operations more feasible.

“Our DAA system is the holy grail for drone technology,” said Zipline co-founder and CTO Keenan Wyrobek. “We’ve created a system that is agile enough to operate with the finest of margins, and can think for itself and adjust in real-time. DAA is the result of years…