27 July 2022
Avionics company Avidyne is working with Swiss specialists Daedalean to develop, manufacture and certify Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications for General Aviation. The app is known as the Avidyne PilotEye™ Vision System.
“We are combining the industry-leading artificial intelligence neural network software and certification methodology pioneered by Daedalean, with the proven hardware design, manufacturing and certification expertise here at Avidyne,” said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn.
“Leveraging advanced AI technologies, these solutions will initially include visual-spectrum camera-based systems for visual positioning and traffic detection, hazard avoidance, and landing guidance, as well as providing the data that pilots need for quicker and more-accurate land-anywhere decision-making assistance in the event of emergency.”
Luuk van Dijk, Daedalean’s Founder and CEO, added, “Certification of safety-critical AI based systems is a paradigm shift in aviation.
“Together, we will be bringing new products to market that improve the pilot’s situational awareness and enable safe and successful completion of any given mission being flown, whether it’s fixed-wing, rotorcraft, Advanced Air Mobility, eVTOL, or larger autonomous drones.”
Avidyne’s PilotEye—powered by Daedalean–is General Aviation’s first AI-based onboard pilot aid system. PilotEye serves as an additional set of eyes in the cockpit providing visual detection of airborne hazards, including non-cooperative traffic such as aircraft not equipped with ADS-B, drones, and birds.
Avidyne says the advantages include:
Avidyne and Daedalean will be making additional AI-based product announcements in coming months. PilotEye pricing and availability will be made public later this year.