Zipline unveils onboard acoustic detect and avoid drone solution
Pioneering drone delivery company Zipline is again striving to break new ground in – and for – autonomous UAV operation by unveiling its new, acoustic-based detect and avoid (DAA) platform allowing craft to identify and evade aerial risks from up to two miles away.
San Francisco-based Zipline announced the creation of its audio-monitoring DAA system, which it calls unprecedented in the drone sector. The company says the innovation will allow automated UAVs to ensure collision-free flights over long distances and safe operation even in uncontrolled airspaces.
The Zipline DAA platform incorporates small, lightweight acoustic microphones and onboard processors. The ensemble listens for and will identify distinctive sounds of nearing drones or aircraft within a 2,000-meter range – both in front, behind, and around the UAV. That 360-degree protection operates in clear skies, clouds, and different kinds of weather, providing full and reliable situational…