Akaer, a Brazilian aerospace company, will begin testing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) project to identify anomalies for the autonomous landing of electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs). The tests will be carried out at Cimatec Park, a Senai technology complex located in the industrial center of Camaçari, in the Metropolitan Region of Salvador, Bahia.

The project consists of a versatile system compatible with various remotely piloted aircraft, to be used in the AKR-H2, a hydrogen-based hybrid propulsion aircraft subsidized by the Financier of Studies and Projects (Finep).

Akaer’s system uses advanced Deep Learning and Computer Vision techniques to interpret the terrain during the approach, recording and classifying alternative landing coordinates. If it is safe, the aircraft will proceed with the landing, otherwise it will use the best previously mapped coordinate.

For this project, Akaer has a partnership with Senai Cimatec in Bahia and the Brazilian Company for Industrial Research and Innovation (Embrapii).