Leonardo and Daedalean Successfully Test AI Navigation for Rotorcraft

Daedalean, a developer of safety-critical and certifiable artificial intelligence systems for situational awareness and flight control, has announced the completion of flight testing of Daedalean’s visual awareness system by Leonardo, a leader in aerospace, defense, and security.

“Leonardo is working towards prudently integrating AI in its products and services through both
in-house developments and cooperations. By collaborating with emerging companies on
predefined use cases, we keep maturing our technology roadmaps towards a safer, affordable
and sustainable flight experience,” said Mattia Cavanna, Head of Technology & Innovation at
Leonardo Helicopters. “Improving situational awareness through system like Daedalean’s in the
near future could contribute to further prevent aviation accidents and progressively enable higher
degrees of autonomy to our platform.”

Leonardo has shown its commitment to developing and adopting new technologies. The
Leonardo Labs serve as technology hubs, connecting emerging talent from leading universities
with Leonardo’s veteran experts to drive innovation and identify practical applications. Leonardo
Labs pursues research in areas from materials and quantum technologies to sustainability and
applied artificial intelligence.

Daedalean provides what the company terms Situational Intelligence – the ability to understand
and make sense of the current environment and situation, and also anticipate and react to

potential threats. Its visual awareness system employs a form of artificial intelligence called
machine learning, which leverages recent increases in computer power to do more quickly and
effectively what before could only be done by people.

“Daedalean is proud to bring our experience creating machine-learned algorithms for aviation to
such a prominent player in the world of aviation,” said Daedalean CEO Dr. Luuk van Dijk. “It
shows there is growing interest in and understanding of the benefits machine learning can bring
today to increase flight safety.”

Under a Eureka Eurostars grant, the two companies collaborated on a year-long project,
equipping Leonardo helicopters with Daedalean’s system – comprised of aircraft-mounted
cameras, computer, and interface display – capable of identifying aerial traffic including birds
and drones, determining location in GPS-denied environments, and offering landing guidance.
Testing took place at Leonardo’s PZL-Swidnik facility in Lublin, Poland, from July to September
2023 with Leonardo’s SW4 and SW4 Solo RUAS/OPH helicopters. Leonardo reported the
testing analysis gave outstanding results.
Daedalean has conducted joint research with regulatory agencies, including the FAA and EASA,
to prove its AI-based system is certifiable to their stringent safety standards.

“Daedalean published multiple studies with regulators to evidence the fact that our machine-
learned algorithms are capable of providing functions meeting and exceeding human

capabilities,” Dr. van Dijk stated. “As aviators and passengers become more familiar with AI-
enabled systems, a future with autonomous flight becomes more attractive for the higher safety, lower cost, and increased capacity it will deliver.”

Leonardo is well positioned to leverage its extensive experience certifying new technologies to
possibly retrofit its current line and to integrate future aircraft with Daedalean’s unprecedented
technology, making near-term integration of AI-enabled systems into the cockpit more of a
possibility than ever.

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