Daedalean raises funds to bring autonomous flight software to market


Daedalean has raised enough funding through a group of investors to bring its autonomous flight software to market.

It brings the Zurich-based developer’s total funding to £9.6m and will allow it to expand further.

Founded in 2016, Daedalean builds software for safety critical avionics, integrating modern robotics, computer vision and deep AI.

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The funding round was led by Carthona Capital with other investing VCs including Redalpine and Amino Capital.

Along with them, three former engineering managers of Daedalean’s founder and CEO, Dr Luuk van Dijk, back in his times at Google, are investing as business angels.

Harald Nieder, partner at Redalpine, is joining Daedalean’s board as an observer.

He said: “The Daedalean team is bringing some of the most advanced technology in computer vision and machine learning to aviation, redefining one of the biggest industries. With the surge in new aircraft models, like vertical take-off and landing, future air mobility will be much more individual, flexible and accessible.

“However, to make it truly scalable, comprehensive autonomy will be required. As a consequence, the big players in this new aviation landscape will be the autonomy providers. This is where we see the big opportunity with Daedalean. It’s a great case of huge commercial potential, while being strongly differentiated by technology.”

The company says the round will enable Daedalean to further execute on its plans to launch products based on sensing and perception algorithms.

Having identified the limits of human-centered piloting and air traffic control, the company plans to release in 2021 a safety enhancing solution at DAL-C (the Design Assurance Level set for software at the major level of safety-criticalness as defined by aviation authorities).

The solution is aimed at being aircraft-agnostic – to work for eVTOL and fly-by-wire aircraft, as well as for traditional aviation.

Daedaleam, with partners, is conducting flight tests and working on certifying its solutions with major aviation authorities (EASA, FAA).

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