The World's First Talking Drone Uses a Synthetic Voice to Respond

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 5, 2015
References: rmit.edu.au & springwise
Drones are being used for a number of applications, from delivering mail to helping with humanitarian missions, and now the world's first talking drone will aid with air traffic control. Developed by RMIT University in Australia, the drones can communicate with air traffic controllers using a synthesized voice.

The technology was designed in collaboration with Thales Australia's Centre for Advanced Studies in Air Traffic Management (CASIA) and engineering firm UFA Inc. The talking drone has an ATVoice, automated software for voice recognition and response. This allows the drones to reply vocally to information requests and act on instructions, just like air traffic controllers and pilots.

This innovation is indicative of the way automation will affect the civil airspace.