Drone technology in Greater Zurich

The Greater Zurich Area is the world’s leading location for the development of core technology (software, autopilot, sensors) for drones and commercial applications. Top universities such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, a large and active community of developers, numerous drone and component manufacturers, and innovation-friendly authorities make Switzerland the “Silicon Valley of robotics”.

Discover the top reasons why the Greater Zurich Area is the ideal location for drone companies. 

1. World-class research & talent pool

Greater Zurich is at the forefront of research regarding robotics and drones. In numerous laboratories and in labs at world-class universities such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, technologies and algorithms are developed that use drones to explore a wide variety of areas such as solar energy, the environment, computer vision, mapping, or the limits of dynamic systems and controls. Universities of applied sciences such are very strong in the training of engineers, leading to a deep pool of highly-skilled and specialized talent.

A drone from the University of Zurich that has been trained with AI has finished a drone race faster than the drones piloted by human champions. (Video: UZH Robotics and Perception Group)

2. You’re in good company: Rich drone ecosystem

Greater Zurich’s drone company ecosystem is highly diverse and sophisticated, pioneering worldwide drone research with its academic institutes, start-ups, and industry collaborations.

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3. Close ties between research and industry

Collaboration between research and industry in Switzerland is strong and highly promoted. The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Robotics connects leading experts from universities and research institutes such as the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research with innovative companies and start-ups. Entrepreneurship is encouraged and promotes the creation of successful spin-offs.

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