Drones can now fly through forests at 40kmph — run and hide, humans
If you’re ever lost in the woods (or on the lam), watch out for high-speed quadcopters following you through the trees.
The drones can now fly through complex and unknown environments at up to 40kmph, thanks to a new AI approach developed at the University of Zurich.
An algorithm first piloted a computer-generated drone through a simulated environment that contained complex obstacles.
This data was used to train the drone’s neural network to predict a flight path based on information from onboard sensors.
The system was then tested in various real-world environments, such as forests, collapsed buildings, and derailed trains.
“Our approach was able to successfully navigate in all environments that it was tested in, the team said in their study paper. “Note that our policy was trained in simulation and was never exposed to any of these environments or conditions at training time.”