Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

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Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

AI has reached the point of being a sexy new buzzword and, commensurate with it’s status, AI is everywhere these days. How can AI improve your drone? In Zurich, a group of scientists and researchers believe they can use machine vision in place of GPS. To prove their point, they were able to do so using inexpensive consumer drones.

Scientists in Zurich are removing the blinders and letting drones figure things out for themselves. Using “vision algorithms” a group of researchers were able to teach inexpensive off-the-shelf drones to fly autonomously and map surrounding areas.

The algorithms used are a “dense surface reconstruction” data-set designed to teach drones to understand their environment. Using a single camera and an inertial sensor the drones are able to take off, navigate, and create accurate 3D images.

AI, AI, AI, drones are using sight to fly!

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:24+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Drone Aided Research, Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, International|Comments Off on Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

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