5-Dec-2019 Source: Daedalean
Daedalean and Honeywell, Inc. have signed an agreement on joint
testing and technological partnership in developing solutions for autonomous takeoff, landing and GPS-independent
navigation and collision avoidance for GA aircraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL).
Additionally, Honeywell Ventures has joined the Swiss startup’s pool of investors, the amount and conditions
undisclosed. In July 2019, Daedalean announced it had raised a total of $12 million in funding.
Daedalean’s innovations promise benefits well before full autonomy in the cockpit becomes a reality, with the potential
to enhance classical flight deck instruments including collision avoidance systems, flight directors and autopilots. The
systems able to process visual images, similar to human-like situational awareness, can simplify pilot operations greatly
and thereby free up the pilot’s attention for safety-critical oversight.
“Developing flight control software requires lots of flight data,” noted Luuk van Dijk, founder and CEO of Daedalean.
“That’s why the collaboration with prominent industry partners such as Honeywell is critical for us to speed up the
development of our technology. We are preparing for the joint flights testing our solutions for various types of aircraft,
and excited to carry out trials on the planes we haven’t tried before.”