Autonomous drone flies through trees at 30mph

[embedded content] A lightweight, quick thinking, autonomous drone has been unveiled that can dodge and dive its way around obstacles while flying at 30mph. Created by computer scientists and artificial intelligence experts at MIT it’s hoped the drone will help to create systems that can “fly quickly and navigate in the real world”. The 34-inch wingspan drone moves away from using sensors, like lidar, to sense what is around it. Instead the MIT drone uses an onboard computer, artificial intelligence, cameras and other equipment to build a real-time map of its surroundings. For drone deliveries to become a reality UAVs need to be able to work their way around buildings, pedestrians, lampposts and anything else in their way. But as drones have started to become a mainstream reality there have been a number…

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