Daedalean is a Zürich-based startup with a mission to build a certified airworthy autopilot that can also pass the exams for human pilots.

Daedalean aims to create a certified autonomous airline pilot, which will be able to pass the existing tests for human pilots.

Daedalean was founded in 2016 by Luuk van Dijk & Anna Chernova and is based in Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland.


Daedalean builds software for safety-critical avionics, integrating modern robotics, computer vision and deep AI. The product roadmap by the company is aimed to systematically outperform human pilots on all their functions. It is the developer of the first certifiable AI for autonomous piloting and flight control.


Daedalean works with major eVTOL companies and leading aerospace manufacturers to specify, build, test and certify a fully autonomous sensor and autopilot system that can reliably and completely replace the human pilot. It has developed systems demonstrating crucial capabilities on a path to certification for airworthiness. Currently the company is working with EASA on an Innovation Partnership Contract to develop concepts of design assurance for neural networks.


Daedalean is backed by Carthona Capital, EASME - EU Executive Agency for SMEs, Redalpine, Amino Capital, & SICTIC. The company has raised a total of CHF 11.8M (nearly $12M) in funding to date.



  • Year founded: 2016
  • Funding Info: $12M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Undisclosed)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Zürich
  • State: Zürich
  • Country: Switzerland
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