29 Aug '17, 11pm

Teaching flying cars to land

A3 , advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley, has entered into a contract with Pittsburgh's Near Earth Autonomy, a leader in autonomy for air vehicles, to use Near Earth's landing zone assessment technology in Vahana, its electric, self-piloted vehicle project. Near Earth's technology will be a component of the overall sense-and-avoid system for Vahana's full-scale vehicle to be demonstrated by the end of 2017. Vahana intends to open up urban airways by developing the first electric self-piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft. The development of a fully autonomous aircraft requires key technical capabilities including mature obstacle detection and avoidance for aircraft take-off and landing. "At Vahana we're focused on efficiently developing our aircraft by leveraging capable partners who can meet our rigorous timelin...

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