Pittsburgh company promises self-piloted flying taxis, drone-delivered groceries

Near Earth makes hardware and software for self-flying drones and aircraft. Martial Hebert, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, compared the work that Near Earth Autonomy is doing on autonomous flight to the pioneering work on self-driving cars by the DARPA Grand Challenge teams a decade ago.
“Near Earth is essentially spearheading a new industry of autonomous aviation here in Pittsburgh,” Hebert said. “The accomplishments are not just demonstrating cool new autonomy technology, though it is that, too.
“It is opening up new possibilities that couldn’t be imagined previously.”
Near Earth is a CMU spinoff company.