Scientists have developed level 4 autonomy for drones to fly themselves. Drones have been able to perform solo trips before but never at this level. Scientists could use these drones to help searchers on rescue missions soon.
The drones are produced with advanced systems that work in challenging, GPS-denied environments where unfamiliar terrain and unpredictable ground conditions do not allow manually-controlled drones to fly with ease.
"People have been talking about Level 4 Autonomy in driverless cars for some time, but having that same degree of intelligence condensed onboard a self-sufficient UAV is an entirely different engineering challenge in and of itself," said Jason Derenick, CTO at Exyn Technologies.
The task of drones flying reliably in cluttered environments is complicated, and manual piloting in underground surroundings is often inaccessible for most drones. Having these systems in place will open doors for new spaces to explore and even help to rescue others.