Embraer-Ufes unmanned aircraft begins testing
An unmanned aircraft prototype developed by Embraer and the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Ufes) has undergone initial ground testing in Brazil, Embraer announced on 8 October.
During the testing, the prototype performed taxiing operations on its own, moving along a previously established path without human interference. The sensor and image navigation set led the autonomous systems technology demonstration aircraft through the runway, taxi area and patio independently, with a pilot following the cockpit operation in case of any interference.
Researchers from Embraer and Ufes have been working together for the past six months on the project, developing mathematical and computational models of automation, software, hardware, laser sensor kit, GPS and cameras, as well as carrying out systems integration into the aircraft platform. The autonomous land navigation system was tested in a simulator during preliminary assessments prior to actual operation.
Daniel Moczydlower, Embraer's executive vice president of engineering and technology, said: ‘Our strategy for technology development in autonomous systems seeks to position the country at the forefront of artificial intelligence processes in a variety of applications.
‘Achieving this technological milestone in Embraer's 50th anniversary month demonstrated not only the importance of bringing industry closer to the university, but also how prepared and engaged our people are for the journey of excellence needed for the coming decades.’
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