An AI-powered racing drone to carry out targeted assassinations?
It has the body of a racing drone and the mind of a calculated assassin. Meet Elbit Systems’ Lanius: a “drone-based loitering munition” that leverages its top speed of 45 mph and high degrees of maneuverability to rush to a target before exploding.
Lanius is essentially a “suicide drone” with a Swiss Army knife set of skills that can prove especially useful in the urban combat environment. It uses video analytics to determine entry points into a building. It can map the inside of an unknown structure using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) techniques. Its advanced AI algorithms can identify people and weapons, practically distinguishing between armed combatants and non-combatant civilians with ease.
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In a promotional video released by the Israel-based defense company, Lanius is seen arriving at the battlefield aboard a mothership of sorts, given that the micro drone’s…