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ModalAI accelerates autonomy for smaller, smarter and safer drones with SWAP-optimized Blue UAS Framework autopilots built in the USA. From home and business security to retail and government applications, our highly integrated AI-powered modules empower a variety of industries to utilize aerial and ground autonomous navigations systems that communicate on 4G and 5G cellular networks. We offer start-to-finish custom design services and plug-and-play computing platforms.

Based in San Diego, California, ModalAI spun out of Qualcomm® in 2018 and leverages over five years of prior research and development in the drone and robotic markets.

ModalAI co-founder, Chad Sweet, was lead engineer for Qualcomm’s robotics R&D effort, which led to the creation of drone and robotic product lines for Qualcomm’s Chipset Division. 


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  • Premium Member

    ModalAI is a premium member of AUVSI.

    The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics, represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

  • Silver Member

    As a silver member of Dronecode, ModalAI contributes hardware and software development to advance the growing, open-source PX4 ecosystem.

    Dronecode is a US-based non-profit hosted by The Linux Foundation and is community funded through yearly memberships by companies who support open source. The organization provides neutral and transparent governance to open source projects and their adjacent communities, offers a framework for inclusive collaboration on open standards, funds services used to develop and distribute releases, and evangelizes to increase adoption and contributors to open source.

  • Member

    ModalAI is a member of the City of San Diego’s team for the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), helping to create the robust connectivity required for the project. As the IPP progresses, UAS technology companies will be pushing the bounds of Beyond Visual Line of Sight technology (BVLOS).