Scientists created an autonomous drone that is faster than previous models and effortlessly moves throughout forest terrain. Previous drones were costly, but this gives the public a chance to have a reasonably priced new drone.
The drone reaches speeds of up to 40 kph. It does not use traditional methods to understand the environment. It does not collect data first or create a map to know the area in advance. The drone makes a direct mapping of sensor input from a stereo depth camera to collision-free trajectories. This method allows the speed to improve substantially in complex environments.
"While humans require years to train, the AI, leveraging high-performance simulators, reaches comparable navigation abilities much faster, basically overnight," says Antonio Loquercio, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Zurich.
Drones such as this can help give researchers new and faster ways to capture imaging of challenging environments that may be too dangerous for humans.