Drone Delivery Canada, U of T, DRDC partner to develop drone navigation tech beyond GPS

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) today announced a new partnership with the University of Toronto and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Together, the three organizations plan to work on a solution that allows UAVs to navigate using a vision-based solution, instead of GPS.

“We are working on this next generation BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) drone technology with some of Canada’s smartest minds,” commented Paul Di Benedetto, CTO of Drone Delivery Canada. “This collaboration will greatly accelerate our development of vision-based navigation technology for our FLYTE software management and auto-pilot systems required for commercialization.”

DDC says this will bring the technology “a significant step closer to commercialization.” The company previously announced with Staples and Napa Auto Parts.

The Government of Canada recently unveiled new rules for recreational drone use in Canada, which Transportation Minister Marc Garneau stated was to “enhance the safety of aviation and the public.

This article was originally published on MobileSyrup

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Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy

Ian is the Director of Partnerships for BetaKit. He's been quietly creating and building things for years and is completely addicted to Tim Hortons.