Algorithms speed drones around obstacles without crashing

Use of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) on missions requiring both accuracy and rapidity are growing throughout business applications – and are the main focus of first responder work. Maximizing that combination of speed and precision of drones – while avoiding crashing – was also at the heart of recent promising research.

MIT algorithm helps drones navigate obstacles at maximal speed without crashing

A group of aerospace engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studied the primary challenge UAV racing pilots face: navigating drones through a twisting course at maximum speed without the craft crashing into various obstacles. Finding a formula that ensures top velocity and safety that can be loaded on to drones, they reasoned, could help save companies operational time – and money. More importantly, it could also be the difference between life and death in emergency response scenarios. Discovering that optimal performance balance,…