About ModalAI

ModalAI, Inc. spun out of Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D Division in June 2018. The team had founded Qualcomm’s robotics R&D efforts which led to the creation of two product lines for Qualcomm’s Chipset Division: Drones and Robotics. ModalAI left Qualcomm with a SWaP-C optimized, market-ready product, now called VOXL, built upon more than 5 years of R&D. VOXL leverages the smartphone ecosystem to create a highly integrated, machine vision-based, autonomous navigation platform that provides autonomy and communications for indoor and outdoor, aerial and ground robots. The VOXL was born as a successor to the team’s previous work, Snapdragon Flight. The integration provided by VOXL and Snapdragon Flight enables fully autonomous UAVs well under 300g in total weight.

ModalAI’s mission is to accelerate autonomy with accessible compact, light-weight, and powerful robot and drone perception and communication systems.

ModalAI consists of a highly capable, multi-disciplinary team that designs and implements sophisticated AI/ML autonomous control systems and robots. Since leaving Qualcomm, ModalAI has worked with more than 6 significant customers to advance the platform developed at Qualcomm or drive ModalAI’s VOXL product to market. 

In November, 2018 ModalAI received a contract with the Army, through Defense Innovation Unit (DIU www.diux.mil), to add new features to VOXL and make it commercially available in 2019. This contract also includes developing a new data link prototype for the Army’s UAS around 4G/LTE.

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August 2019

The Robot Report
VOXL from ModalAI helps Uber Eats test BVLOS drone delivery of food  
UAS Vision
ModalAI Helps Uber Eats Test BVLOS Drone Deliveries  

July 2019

VOXL from ModalAI Contributes to Uber Eats Drone Delivery Testing  
Drone Life
Uber Eats Moving Forward with Urban Drone Delivery, Powered by New Computing Platform  
Uber Eats Drone Delivery Test Touts Urban Environment Flights  
Uber Air and ModalAI complete first drone delivery  
UAS Vision
Uber Eats Successful Delivery Tests used 4G BVLoS Technology  

June 2019

Dronecode welcomes Microsoft, ModalAI, and Teal as new members  

May 2019

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Awards ModalAI Contract to Develop Next-Generation UAS (Drone) Technology  

January 2019

AP News
AEE Collaborates with ModalAI to Bring Unprecedented Safety to Drones  
Drone Life
Drone Company AEE Announces AI-fueled Product Launch at CES 2019