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Exyn Technologies and Velodyne LiDAR Create Fully Autonomous Indoor Aerial Vehicles
Apr 18, 2018 | By PAUL HELLARD

Collaborative effort proves the business case of 3D LiDAR, sending autonomous navigational technologies into perfect flight

SAN JOSÉ, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Originating from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Labs, Exyn Technologies has commercialized groundbreaking research to build its proprietary AI software, exynAI™, technology from the ground-up. Today, Exyn Technologies provides leading AI software and A3R hardware, which together form its fully autonomous aerial robot that safely executes complex missions in high-value commercial operations.

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Velodyne LiDAR’s VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors are now integrated into Exyn Technologies’ Advanced Autonomous Aerial Robots (A3R) and will be flying in large warehouses and distribution centers to autonomously scan and map inventory, helping to increase frequency and accuracy of cycle counts, reduce time taken, and decrease risk for workers.

“Using Velodyne’s VLP-16, Exyn’s A3Rs do not need GPS, beacons or markers,” said Nader Elm, chief executive officer of Exyn Technologies. “This technology is being developed to ease logistical bottlenecks in warehouses, as well as to go into other indoor and GPS-limited environments such as commercial construction sites and first-responder situations. We operate in a full 3D volumetric space and can dynamically plan flight paths in complex, dynamic and cluttered environments.”

The Velodyne VLP-16 is the primary sensor for simultaneous localization and mapping, as well as part of the sense-and-avoid capabilities and state estimation. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) robot scans in all fields of view, reading barcodes and RFID beacons, judging location and numbers of stock. The vehicle can even note worker positions and react accordingly in real-time.

“We are very excited to partner with Exyn Technologies,” said Frank Bertini, UAV and Robotics business manager at Velodyne LiDAR. “It proves the business case for 3D LiDAR beyond just autonomous cars. The demand for real-time inventory management within warehouses and fulfilment centers has created a need for autonomous platforms which are both efficient and safe.”

The A3R, powered by the exynAI™ autonomy core, intelligently fuses multiple sensing modalities including LiDAR, IMU, and cameras to enable robust perception and navigation in real-world conditions. No one is as focused on robust, indoor, infrastructure-less autonomous flight as Exyn. While agnostic to the vehicle platform, the company is also planning to extend its autonomous capabilities to ground-based robots.

Exyn Technologies was recently invited to fly their A3R robots in the Milestones of Flight Hall during the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival.

This demonstration turned out to be the first time anything had ever actually flown inside this distinguished institution that celebrates flight.

Exyn Technologies will be demonstrating the A3R at AUVSI in Denver, CO April 30 – May 3, 2018. Velodyne LiDAR will be at AUVSI (Booth #712).

About Exyn Technologies

Exyn Technologies is a leader in software development for autonomous aerial robotics. A spin-off of the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, Exyn is commercializing over a decade of research and development in the area of self-piloting robotics. Exyn is creating drone platforms that do not rely on human control or GPS information, and their unique technology is built upon the fusion of multiple redundant sensors, mapping for obstacle avoidance, and independent flight planning. Exyn’s robots are highly differentiated and robust, making them ideal and practical for complex commercial environments. Exyn Technologies is privately held with offices in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information, visit http://www.exyn.com.

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Exyn Technologies Inc.
Nader Elm
CEO
nelm@exyntechnologies.com
or
Velodyne LiDAR media contact:
Cesar Alejandro Montero
cmontero@velodyne.com

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne provides smart, powerful lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s Founder, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the autonomy-advancing Alpha Prime™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™ and the groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.

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