Zurich/Jena - The start-up Auterion from the Greater Zurich Area is integrating the software firm Spleenlab from the German city of Jena in its growing ecosystem. Together, the companies will be aiming to offer new autonomous solutions for enterprise drone users.

Auterion is joining forces with Spleenlab, a technology company based Germany. The drone software developed by Spleenlab on the basis of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to be combined with the Auterion platform for drone fleet management with the aim of generating new autonomous solutions for enterprise drone users, further details of which can be found in a press release.

Spleenlab primarily focuses on the development and distribution of safe machine learning algorithms for semi and fully autonomous mobility applications, with a particular emphasis in this regard on flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), helicopters and air taxis, for example. To achieve this, it uses its VISIONARY technology. This is a software solution on the basis of AI for fully autonomous infrastructure detection and inspection as well as collision avoidance.

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The Greater Zurich Area is the world's leading location for the development of core technology (software, autopilot, sensors) for drones and in commercial applications. Leading universities such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, a large and active community of developers, numerous drone and component manufacturers and innovation-friendly authorities make Switzerland the "Silicon Valley of robotics".

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Auterion is a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). The company is developing an open-source platform for the management of drone fleets. The combination of Auterion’s Skynode module, which in essence is a compact AI computer, with the software developed by Spleenlab, should enable companies to scale their operations beyond a single drone and pilot.

According to the press release, these enterprise drones from Auterion and Spleenlab are able to understand their environment and predict safe landing spots for parcel delivery, emergencies and other situations in real time. They are capable of carrying out inspections independently and avoiding collisions, while also detecting and tracking other objects. Moreover, they can identify and assess obstacles and risks both on the ground and in the air.

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