Drones use an algorithm to avoid all kinds of obstacles. It is the first time that a swarm of these characteristics moves autonomously through a forest.
A team of scientists from Zhejiang University in China has managed to program a swarm of drones to roam the forests with impressive precision. They use the latest real-time mapping technology to trace a route from point A to point B and correct the trajectory every time they hit an obstacle.
Each of these custom drones is with depth cameras and sensors, altitude sensors, and a small onboard computer. The drones execute the same algorithm in harmony, which allows them to fly as if they were a swarm of insects. The objective of the system is to provide precise information to map the most inaccessible areas or to help rescue people if necessary.
The Zhejiang research team has shared a video showing a demonstration of how this “swarm of drones” works. You can see how the devices move through a bamboo forest with incredible precision, dodging trunks, trees and themselves to avoid colliding. The experiment was carried out with a total of 10 drones, and it is really impressive to see the speed at which they make decisions not to interfere with the environment.
It is the first time that a swarm of drones has flown autonomously in nature
The video surprises anyone, but there are many who have been skeptical of these advances. Users on social networks point to the damage that these devices could cause in the ecosystem if they lose control. They could alter the way flora and fauna behave and even cause a fire if any type of inadvertent combustion occurs inside.
And not only on an environmental level, we must be very careful when distributing this technology in the future. A deployment of drones with these characteristics has obvious applications within the military field. Dense forests have always been a contested environment, due to the difficulty of moving weapons and military vehicles to advance. Now using these drones, it could be very easy to get through enemy lines.
In any case, ignoring the possible problems that could occur, the researchers have amazed the world with the possibilities offered by their technology. If it (hopefully) sticks to its original purpose, drones may play a crucial role in police investigations or rescues in hard-to-reach areas.
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