MIT Researchers Have Created Drones as Nimble as Pesky Flies

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Amazon’s Paul Misener this week compared the company’s upcoming delivery drones to horses, saying they’d be able to automatically detect and avoid obstacles. It’s an impressive-sounding claim, but means sod-all without some sort of demonstration to back things up. Fortunately, the MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has released footage of drones doing exactly the kinds of things Misener appears to have been describing.

The clever so-and-sos at MIT have come up with special algorithms that allow drones to react to obstacles and fly around them. The drones are essentially able to observe free space, rather than potential blockades, and thus work out a clear route. Ignore the horse analogy, these things are more like flies.

The algorithm doesn't just apply to diddy little UAVs either. It can also help larger drones get around. Any chance we could apply this sort of thinking to autonomous cars? [Techradar]

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