A US-based student has developed an algorithm that helps drones fly through trees at 30 miles per hour without crashing. Jim Drury reports.
Flying a drone fast towards trees is risky....but not for this UAV. PhD student Andrew Barry has developed an algorithm that allows his drone to fly at up to 30 miles per hour, without risking a crash. The drone has a camera on each wing and two small processors. His software concentrates only on the 10 metre horizon in front of the drone, building a full map of the surroundings as it moves. Barry's research was done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. He wants to further improve his algorithms so they work in tough environments, such as thick forests....allowing other drone users to see the wood for the trees.