Recently, a group of Swiss researchers from the University of Zurich and IDSIA have created an AI drone that not only navigates through dense forests, but was also 85% successful in finding the correct path. 85% doesn’t seem like a lot, but when compared to 82% percent with human trials its safe to assume the future of search and rescue missions will definitely be drone assisted.
The drone relies on a “deep neural network” typically found in machine learning. Thanks to deep learning the drone will be able to make calculations based on complex algorithms, which help it predict the correct path, without the need for programming every step of the way. The researchers were able to achieve these results by hiking through different trails in the Swiss Alps, while being strapped with cameras on their helmets taking well over 20,000 images. Researchers are quickly developing working autonomous search and rescue drones that will be aiding rescue parties, allowing for more ground to be covered.
The researchers are pleased with their results and are moving on to their next goal, which is to teach the AI search and rescue drone how to distinguish faces. The possibilities are endless for drones that can navigate through complex terrains and have the ability to distinguish people apart from one another. Organizations such as the military and the local police will be able to utilize these powerful tools in everyday use whether it is for surveillance or hunting down dangerous terrorists.
Its no surprise that drones are becoming more ubiquities through out our society, bringing in new solutions to old existing problems. One thing is for sure drones will forever change society as a whole. Like what you read? Well SolveLight Robotics wants to hear your opinions, comments, and thoughts on our blog and Facebook page. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!