Driving Drones Concept Successfully Tested
Although the concept of flying cars has been around for quite a while, there hasn’t been any progression towards making it a commercial success. According to the engineers from MIT, we are addressing the problem incorrectly. Instead of putting wings on a car, we should rather allow drones to handle and drive the car entirely.
On June 26, 2017, a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory experimented by adding wheels to eight small quadcopters to test drive them and fly them around an artificial toy town created of fabric and cardboard.
As the drones could drive, it reduced their capacity to fly by fourteen percent. Although the driving was relatively slow, the drones travelled 150 percent further compared to its flying capability. As a result, the team got a vehicle that combined flying mobility and speed with energy efficient driving.
The Director of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Daniela Rus informed MIT news that considering tech work and the scenario of intending to launch flying cars, it will be more sensible to invest the same time on researching and building driving drones instead of attempting to add wings to cars.
Electronically powered drones are relatively more maneuverable, environment friendly, and compact thus making them a best choice for the urban environment. Considering the flip side, as integrating self-sufficient automatic flying cars into the busy urban environment will be extremely complex given the traffic control and driving rule scenarios, Rus as well as her team proposes a valid starting point regarding the planning of 3D route and collision avoidance competencies this invention would require.
To overcome this scenario, the team created multi-robot algorithms for path planning to control all eight drones while they drove and flew in the mock up city. The algorithms also made sure that the drones avoided all no-fly zones and did not crash or dash each other.
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