Embraer informs this Friday, May 6, that it has concluded a series of experimental flights aimed at evaluating new technologies for autonomous systems in real flight conditions. The tests, carried out in Rio de Janeiro, aim to enable safe autonomous operations in complex urban environments.
Data collection and real-time evaluation of these technologies in an urban area used a piloted helicopter as part of Embraer’s Autonomous Systems Project (Project EASy), which uses agile testing processes to develop solutions that can boost the autonomous aviation of the future.
The company worked with Eve UAM, an Embraer company dedicated to accelerating the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem, and in direct collaboration with partners Daedalean, Iris Automation and Near Earth Autonomy for seven days.
During this period, the companies explored conventional and extreme scenarios for the takeoff, climb, cruise flight, approach and landing phases. The helicopters from Helisul Aviação, a company that collaborates with Eve in the development of UAM in Brazil, were flown by professional pilots throughout the trip while the systems captured data and performed calculations instantly.
“This project allowed us to evaluate technologies in real time and also to collect information that will later be used in simulations,” said Julio Bolzani, head of autonomous systems at Embraer.
“Important to note that we are not moving directly to a fully autonomous operation. Once Eve begins its flights, pilots will be on board and benefit from the application of these technologies through safe and simplified vehicle operation until full certification of an autonomous flight system for Urban Air Mobility is achieved,” added Bolzani.
This experimental process is connected with the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) coordinated by Eve since 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, in strategic cooperation with partners and government entities to convert the acquired knowledge into working data and analysis framework that can guide all aspects. operational aspects of the future of Urban Air Mobility.
“All the information and data gathered in this project, as well as the technical solutions under development, will point the way to the fully autonomous flight of eVTOLs in the future,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve.
“We are excited about all operational aspects exercised and data acquired in this project, which is directly connected to our CONOPS. These are solid and safe steps to introduce autonomous operations in the future, and accelerate the accessibility and growth of the UAM market,” concluded Stein.