Lots of people are working hard to take drones to the next level. In some cases this means tooling drones for new environments (underwater), in others, it means improving battery technology. Now, researchers at the University of Southern California have a five year plan that includes perfecting swarming drones.
It’s not here yet, but another futuristic use of drones is having large groups of quadcopters in packs, working together like bees, to assist in search and rescue, fire safety, coastal surveillance and other useful actions.
Researchers at the University of Southern California are hard at work at just that, looking to spend the next five years perfecting synchronized drones for prime time.
How close are we? The team from USC has the technology functional in controlled environments.
We watched as Ayanian and her team demonstrated for us, having the computer start the process, and then the swarm of drones lifted off the floor, through the windows and back again. This they have down now; it’s what happens when they go outside into the real world that the researchers need to perfect.