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Zipline Announces New Drone Detection and Avoidance System

This week, Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company that designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver vital medical products, announced its new Detection and Avoidance (DAA) system for drones. This is a first for the drone industry and huge step towards more widespread use of drones for deliveries in our national airspace. The DAA system uses onboard acoustic-based technology to allow for safe and autonomous flights in complex, uncontrolled airspace. The system provides a 360-degree awareness with a range of a little more than a mile. Using the onboard DAA system, the drone can autonomously monitor the airspace for other aircraft in real-time and adapt to changes in its programmed flight path.

Co-founder and CTO of Zipline, Keenan Wyrobek, said that the DAA system is “agile enough to operate with the finest of margins, and can think for itself and adjust in real-time. DAA is the result of years of development and hundreds of thousands of flight hours.”

Prior to this DAA system, other detection and avoidance technologies relied on bulky or ground-based systems for awareness during flight, but such solutions are not practical for scaling small, long-range drone operations. This new DAA technology uses an acoustic-based system, which is lightweight and affordable which will assist in adhering to the precision mandated by regulators during autonomous drone operations. This new DAA hardware has already been built into Zipline’s own drones and is ready to be used pending regulatory approval. This DAA system will likely lead to safer, more efficient drone delivery operations, which could lead to more widespread use and approval by regulators who are concerned with the safety implications of autonomous drone delivery.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 160
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Kathryn Rattigan Attorney Cybersecurity Data Privacy
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Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. Kathryn also provides legal advice regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, education, energy, and construction.

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