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ModalAI accelerates autonomy by providing innovators with robot and drone perception and communications systems manufactured in the U.S.A.

Our highly-integrated AI-powered modules empower a variety of industries to utilize aerial and ground autonomous navigation systems that communicate on 4G and 5G cellular networks.

Offering both start-to-finish custom design services and plug-and-play computing platforms, ModalAI helps manufacturers and independent builders get to market quickly and affordably.

Based in San Diego, California, ModalAI spun out of Qualcomm® in 2018 and leverages more than 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. 

We advanced the SWaP-C optimized, market-ready technology started at Qualcomm to create the navigation and computing platform VOXL. VOXL enables autonomy and communications for indoor and outdoor, aerial and ground robots. The integration provided by VOXL enables fully autonomous UAVs under 300 grams in total weight.

ModalAI has also developed a handheld, private LTE network (ModalLink) specific for the DOD use case to communicate multiple sUAS, robots and handheld devices using the DOD’s 1800MHz spectrum.

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Member - Federal Aviation Association unmanned Aerial Systems Integrated Pilot Program (IPP)

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).

 Silver Member – Dronecode

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.

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