Israel carries out first-ever worldwide drone test without GPS, succeeds
The current test sought to examine the usability of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) navigation solutions, due to the increasing possible threat of GPS signal disruption. Multiple factors can disrupt GPS signals, ranging from malfunctions, solar flares or malicious intent by individuals.
As drones rely heavily on GPS for navigation, finding a BVLOS navigation solution is critical. The solution that was tested was made by Sightec, in collaboration with Simplex Interactive. Called NavSight, the system is camera-based and allows for artificial intelligence to assess the visual situation for autonomous day and night missions. Essentially, it lets the drone understand the surrounding environment like a human pilot.
The successful test is a major step on the road to establishing commercial drone delivery operations in Israel. Another drone test program was announced last week, with Pizza Hut Israel planning to launch a pilot program in the summer in Kfar Yona to test autonomous drone pizza deliveries.
Leading American retailers like Amazon and Walmart have also been developing drone delivery capabilities, as well.