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  • September 21 2020Drone Autonomy for Bridge Inspection. The Newest Tool on the Inspector’s Belt.

    Drones eliminate many of the pain points associated with snooper trucks and other legacy methods for bridge inspection. Drones are cheaper to buy (few thousand vs. 200k-500k for a truck), cheaper to operate (reduce cost per inspection by 75%), safer, non-intrusive to traffic, more environmentally friendly (no traffic jams)

  • September 10 2020Skydio 2 in Action. First Responder Deployments Show the Power of Drone Autonomy

    In this blog, we expand on the ways that first responders are realizing the value of Skydio Autonomy in their live operations. From search and rescue, to evidence gathering, to tactical missions, Skydio pilots are helping save lives, time, and taxpayer dollars.

  • August 07 2020Drone Autonomy for Situational Awareness

    In previous weeks, we’ve shared with you details on our new aircraft and autonomy solutions , and how they will upend a variety of drone use cases. This week, let’s dive deep into one of these use cases — Situational Awareness — to understand how Skydio autonomous drones improve outcomes and make everyone safer.

  • July 31 2020Skydio Autonomy™. A new age of drone intelligence.

    In last week’s blog, I shared with you some of the ways Skydio X2 was built to meet the needs of some of the drone industry’s most forward-thinking fleets. This week, I’d like to share some ideas about autonomy — what true autonomy is and why it matters, and how it will impact drone operations across the industry.

  • July 13 2020Why I Joined Skydio: Team, Tech, Timing

    I first met Skydio founders Adam, Abe and Matt in 2014 when I was an operating partner at a16z. The secrets they had learned and earned via their research work in Robotics and Autonomy at M.I.T. had crystalized their product vision and fueled their passion to become the world leader in autonomous drones.

  • Skydio 2 Autonomous Drones case landing
    June 25 2020What's New with Skydio 2: Detailed Overview

    Check here for all the details on what’s new with Skydio 2’s latest software update which includes extended tracking distance, beacon improvements, case landing, and other minor bug fixes and improvements


  • January 14 2020Deep Neural Pilot on Skydio 2

    We here at Skydio have been developing and deploying machine learning systems for years due to their ability to scale and improve with data. However, to date our learning systems have only been used for interpreting information about the world; in this post, we present our first machine learning system for actually acting in the world.

  • December 19 2019Why Autonomy Matters for Public Safety Drones

    "My hands just shake a lot less when I fly.” That was the response from the young police officer and UAS pilot when I asked him to boil down why the Skydio 2 was different than the other drones he flies at work.

  • December 17 2019Inside the mind of the Skydio 2

    In this post we dive in to the Skydio Autonomy Engine — how the Skydio 2 sees the world and decides how to fly and film — by walking through an example. In this clip, watch how Skydio 2 keeps a cinematic framing of the biker while dodging obstacles at high speeds downhill. To do this, it has to estimate its own motion, build an obstacle map, estimate the biker’s path, and handle the aerodynamics of fast flight, all in real time onboard the drone.