Tech Trends: Autonomous Systems

Tech Trends: Autonomous Systems, Industries are in constant evolution. With the development of new technologies there are more opportunities to improve their performance and reduce risk in their operations.

The next step for industry evolution is the creation of autonomous systems that have the capacity to execute complex tasks without human intervention. 

Nowadays, automated plants have human operators using devices to supervise and control the operation of robots and automated machines. Decisions taken by operators are based on their knowledge and experience with automated systems. Autonomous systems have an artificial intelligence with the capacity to take complex decisions and adapt them to any internal or external disturbance during their operation. 

The futuristic ideals of autonomous systems are being adopted earlier than expected by certain leading technological industries

  • Automotive Industry

In the automotive industry there are multiple companies developing autonomous vehicles:

  • Waymo

Waymo developed an autonomous driving technology called Waymo Driver: a combination of hardware and software that supports navigational safety. The hardware has a sensor suite that includes lidar, cameras, radar, and a powerful AI compute platform. Collectively, they provide a 360 degree view of the world. The software extracts all of the information collected from the sensors to answer four key questions: Where am I? What’s around me? What will happen next? And what should I do? Together, they paint a complete picture of the world around the car and enable navigating the road safely. 

  • SberAutoTech

SberAutoTech is an ecosystem company that has a prototype of its own autonomous vehicle for future mobility: FLIP It is an electric vehicle with a replaceable battery module. It pursues a new mobility concept providing quick, safe, and comfortable transportation for passengers through cutting-edge IT and automotive technologies.

The highest possible level of FLIP driving automation is based on SberAutoTech’s self-driving  technology using a combination of lidars, radars, and cameras to evaluate the road environment. FLIP supports both V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle communication) and V2X (Vehicle to Everything communication) meaning it is ready to interact with both other FLIPs and road infrastructures.

  • Information Technology

In this industry, Oracle is a company pioneer implementing autonomous systems with “Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse” – a cloud data warehouse service that eliminates all the complexities of operating a data warehouse, securing data, and developing data-driven applications. It eliminates nearly all manual and complex tasks that can introduce human error. Currently, database administrators spend almost 75% of their time maintaining systems instead of focusing on higher-level work. Data is becoming more complex and fragmented. This solution allows IT professionals to focus on increasing security, analyze data and improve the support to their users. 

  • Public Sector and Defence

Skydio is a drone manufacturing company focused on developing autonomous drones.


Their drones use six 4K cameras to build a 3D map of their surroundings, deep learning algorithms to understand what they’re seeing, and advanced AI to predict into the future and make intelligent decisions.

  • Embedded into every Skydio drone, Skydio Autonomy lets first responders focus on the mission instead of the complexity of piloting the aircraft. Key autonomous flight capabilities include 360° obstacle avoidance
  • 360 Superzoom
  • Visual Return-to-Home
  • Point-of-Interest Orbit
  • Track-in-Place
  • Offline Maps

Skydio’s drones are used in:

  • Tactical Situational Awareness

Skydio’s 360° obstacle avoidance and GPS-denied flight unlocks safe and confident operations in obstacle-rich environments.

  • Search & Rescue

Scan the skies from above and fly low in obstacle-dense, hard-to-reach areas such as cliffs, along river banks, into ravines and ditches.

  • Hostile Scene De-escalation

Fly confidently at ground level, around obstacles and indoors using vision-based navigation. Get up close to dangerous situations to get eyes on the scene without putting officers at risk.

  • Incident Scene Reconstruction

Quickly and accurately document scenes pairing Skydio drone with Skydio 3D Scan. Save on high-end sensors, get better angles on critical evidence, and decrease societal impact thanks to a more efficient process.

Transitioning from automation to autonomous technologies is an ongoing process within several industries. However artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge computing, augmented reality, virtual reality  and Internet of things are making rapid leaps moving forward. Leading companies from varying industries are working hard to test and implement their autonomous prototypes; this trending tactic is vital to competitive advantage. Lead companies are also reaping the benefits of autonomous systems including but not limited to improving cost effectiveness, reducing hazardous risks, and improved productivity growth and performance. The future of automation provides a wealth of opportunities for technological advancement and ideation.

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