AEE Aviation Ltd., a provider of drone and camera technology, has expanded its partnership with ModalAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) company spun out of Qualcomm’s corporate research and development division last June.
The partnership will allow AEE to integrate advanced AI perception into its core line of drones, enabling them to navigate environments more safely and efficiently.
The first product in this line will be the soon-to-be-released AEE Mach 2, which is expected to use the Qualcomm Flight Pro platform, featuring the Qualcomm APQ8096SG processor.
“The Mach 2 will be a direct result of a partnership between two industry leaders and a talented group of robotics engineers who are dedicated to making drones safer, easier to fly and more inclusive to the consumer,” says Mike Kahn, AEE’s chief marketing officer. “The advanced programming offered by ModalAI puts a brain behind standard obstacle avoidance, thus easing two primary concerns among new navigators – crashing their products and injuring others, both of which become far less likely with this new technology.”
With the anticipated integration of ModalAI features into the Qualcomm Flight Pro Platform, AEE’s Mach 2 is expected to be equipped with the simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) system, which allows the drone to become aware of its surroundings by creating a virtual map in its brain as it flies. Visual inertial odometry allows the Mach 2 to better understand its flying environment and hold its position in GPS-denied areas.
The Mach 2 will also feature GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning systems, an external joystick for flying, a 22-minute battery life, and a Sony camera capable of producing 4K video and 13-megapixel imagery.
The AEE Mach 2 is expected to be available to select resellers this spring at a suggested retail price below $500.
AEE Aviation Technology Ltd. is based in China and has offices in Germany and California.