Drone Technology and AI ST4US RES4US

By pjain      Published March 8, 2021, 12:26 a.m. in blog Invest   

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Drone Onboard Autonomy and AI Technology

Onboard CPUs/GPUs to support inference

Nvidia's Jetson technology uses deep learning algorithms to help the drones understand and react to the world around them, the company says.

Why AV/DL so important for Drones

Autonomous drones are driving exciting new capabilities – from streamlining warehouses and inspecting lengths of hard-to-access power lines in real time to aiding in search and rescue operations in difficult terrain

Autonomous tech has also been used in eg warehouse analytics drones from company Intelligent Flying Machines, or IFM.

Aerialtronics, which makes technologically advanced commercial drones that can be used for power line and wind turbine inspections and other applications.

DL for World Understanding and Reactive

Nvidia's Jetson technology uses deep learning algorithms to help the drones understand and react to the world around them, the company says.

Companies and AI for Drones

NVDA - Power Hungry GPUs - not suitable for Drones

GPUs help drones run autonomously by providing them with sensors to interact with the world around them.

As the market leader, many privately held drone companies have to work with Nvidia's products, there’s huge potential for earnings growth as the drone market expands.

  • Its power Hungry GPUs are not suitable for Drones, but acquisition of ARM could help.

  • FY20 expensive price tag

  • Super performance in 2020, doubling in value despite the stock market crash mainly on gaming, AI chips

Intel RealVision - Smarter CV

AMBA Ambarella - 3D image stabilization and compression Support

Semiconductor company Ambarella's chip technology provides advanced 3D image stabilization, 4K resolution and advanced computer algorithms to enable smart features for drones like target tracking and GPS-denied precise visual localization.

Ambarella's technology is also involved in a host of other automotive, security, industrial and robotics applications besides drones.

As demand for drones grows, so too might demand for the company's ultra-high-definition video compression processors, although the drone market might not make up a huge percentage of revenue.

However AMBA warned the consumer drone market hasn't hit growth expectations and is a relatively small opportunity. But commercial drones are expected to adopt computer vision technology and remain attractive but relatively small market opportunities.


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