Autonomous drone technology manufacturer Everdrone has received its first patent from the European Patent Office.
Its latest patented technology focuses on combining vision technology with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to allow drones to fly safely and accurately in low-altitude airspace where obstacles such as buildings and vegetation are often present.
The recently approved patent relates to a method of comparing camera data in order to automatically validate that the onboard sensors are working correctly, thereby making drone operations safer.
“We’re thrilled about the approval of Everdrone’s first patent,” says Mats Sällström, CEO of Everdrone. “This patent demonstrates our commitment to safety and strengthens our position as a leader and innovator in the industry. This is one of several patents we’re working towards to continue driving our primary mission of saving lives.”
Elsewhere, Everdrone offers a service where drones equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and other medical supplies are dispatched to the scene of emergency situations, in conjunction with local emergency services and authorities.
The company works with Sweden’s national emergency call centre, SOS Alarm, and the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet (KI) for research and development.
With more than 13,000 autonomous flights under its belt, Everdrone tests its new technologies at a facility in Säve Airport near Gothenburg.