Weekend Roundup



This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World

Schiebel and Overwatch Imaging have successfully integrated a “revolutionary small target detection payload” called PT8 Oceanwatch on Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAS. According to the companies, the PT-8 Oceanwatch payload makes the Camcopter S-100 UAS “an even more powerful naval patrol solution,” as it delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that greatly extends coverage area. (Schiebel)

After deploying 1,374 UAS during an airborne show in Xi’an, China, Ehang has set a new Guinness World Record for the “most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.” With this accomplishment, Ehang topped Intel, which flew 1,218 UAS at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in February. (South China Morning Post)

Aptiv PLC has announced that it will launch a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas on Lyft’s network. The vehicles, which will be a product of Aptiv’s Mobility and Services group, will operate on Aptiv’s fully-integrated autonomous driving platform, and be made available to the public in partnership with Lyft. (Aptiv)

Regulus Cyber recently raised $6.3 million in Seed and Series A funding. The money will be used to support the company’s Pyramid Suite of products, which Regulus Cyber describes as the “first end-to-end solutions that provide security and mission reliability to the communication and sensor suite of autonomous cars & trucks, robots and drones, ensuring safety and operational robustness.” (Business Wire)

In Virginia, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office recently used its UAS to help apprehend a suspect. The UAS helped locate the suspect, and after he was located, the UAS operator directed a K-9 and its handler to the suspect. (Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the government of Alberta, Canada have announced that they will work together on UAS technology. Alberta companies have a “strong expertise” in developing unmanned systems, according to GOED, and Alberta is also home to one of Canada’s two UAS test ranges. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

In India, a man says he that used an AI-controlled robotic arm attached to a UAS to rescue a puppy trapped inside a drain. The man says that “it was not possible for a human to rescue the puppy without endangering their own life,” which led him to coming up with the combination of technology to achieve the task. (NDTV)

Sikorsky, which is a Lockheed Martin company, has announced the launch of the 9th Entrepreneurial Challenge. The Entrepreneurial Challenge is designed to “accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the aerospace market.” (PR Newswire)

A driverless shuttle system is headed to Atlanta, as part of Doraville, Georgia’s Assembly project. Using “cutting-edge guidance and detection systems,” the shuttles are expected to operate along a designated pathway, and transport people between “Assembly’s The Yards district and the Doraville MARTA Station” in 15-minute intervals. (Curbed Atlanta)