In the UK, the HS2 High-Speed Rail Route will use drones to help plant millions of seeds so forests around the line can recover from building works. An Oxford-based startup is using its AI-equipped drones to analyse green space around the controversial high-speed rail track, with a view to replanting it with trees and other vegetation to help habitats recover.

The plan comes after the rail line received criticism for its impact on the environment. HS2 drones are to help plant millions of seeds so forests around the line can recover from building works.

Dendra Systems, an Oxford-based start-up, was one of five UK-based cutting-edge tech firms announced as first to join HS2 Innovation Accelerator initiative.

Dendra Systems CEO and Co-founder Dr Susan Graham said,

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the HS2 accelerator. As a company focused on restoring native ecosystems, the HS2 Green Corridor Programme is exactly the type of work we want to focus on. We look forward to adapting our technology to this operating environment and together achieving the environmental rehabilitation goals for ambitious projects such as HS2.”

Dendra’s drone and Artificial Intelligence platform could help to both plant and monitor the 140-mile green corridor of seven million trees and shrubs HS2 will create between the West Midlands and London. The solution combines aerial and AI based technologies that will learn to identify the 46 tree species planted along the route and assess whether they are thriving or are in need of help such as improving land condition or invasive weed mitigation.

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