Qualcomm unveils world's first 5G & AI-empowered drone platform

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The platform will find application across mapping, security, inspection, defense, film and entertainment, emergency response, and delivery

Qualcomm Technologies, an American multinational corporation famed for making strides in 5G and wireless technologies, has recently unveiled a drone platform and reference design that incorporates AI (Artificial Intelligence) and 5G capabilities.

According to the company, the platform named ‘Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G’ is intended to help companies develop commercial, corporate, and industrial drones faster.

It is claimed to be powered by Qualcomm QRB5165 processor and is built on the company’s latest IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, creating a solution that will power the next generation of high-performance, low-consumption 5G drones.

As a primary driver of global 5G proliferation, Qualcomm Technologies has empowered 5G to scale for the drone and robotics industries.

Various sophisticated technologies have been condensed into a tightly integrated drone system on the new 5G platform. Some use cases of the drone system includes mapping, security, inspection, defense, film and entertainment, emergency response, and delivery.

The company boasts that Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform's heterogeneous computing and high-performance ultra-low power consumption will enable the fully autonomous drones to be power-efficient while inferencing with AI and machine learning (ML). Additionally, the new camera features will provide superior image quality and performance.

The platform also extends crucial flying abilities beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) to provide safer, more dependable flights using 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

As per sources, Qualcomm Technologies is in collaboration with Verizon for finishing network testing of the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform for the Verizon 5G network, and the platform, which is capable of 5G mmWave, is expected to be available through Verizon Thingspace Marketplace.

Moreover, ModalAI is already offering pre-orders of Qualcomm's Flight RB5 5G drone reference design. Whereas, a development kit is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Source Credit - https://www.gpsworld.com/qualcomm-launches-5g-ai-enabled-drone-platform/