Intel, Ascending Technologies Developing Collision-Avoidance System

Ascending Technologies, a Germany-based manufacturer and innovator of micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and Intel have signed a collaboration agreement to develop collision-avoidance technology and algorithms for UAVs.

The companies are incorporating Intel’s RealSense cameras with Ascending Technologies’ AscTec Trinity auto pilot system. The RealSense camera module, which weighs around 8 grams and is less than 4 mm thick, brings depth perception to UAVs both indoors and outdoors, with minimal impact to payload and flight times.

Ascending Technologies’ expertise with autopilot, inertial sensor and fusion algorithms – combined with Intel’s RealSense camera module – will bring a new level of intelligence and self-awareness to the drone ecosystem, says Ascending.

The collaboration of the two companies was publicly announced by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corp., during his keynote on Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel also became Ascending Technologies’ first external investor and a minority shareholder.

“Shortly after the introduction of the first triple redundant autopilot system for small UAVs, our AscTec Trinity, we are proud to have found a strong technology partner in Intel, which enables us to take a giant leap forward in safety and comfort in UAVs,” comments Daniel Gurdan, CEO and co-founder of Ascending Technologies. “Someday, obstacle avoidance technology in UAVs will be like seatbelts in cars: You simply don’t start going without it!”


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