Drones to trace those lost in forests

GENEVA: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence software for drones to autonomously recognise and navigate through complex environments, and help rescue people lost in forests and mountain areas.Every year, thousands of people lose their way in forests and mountain areas. Drones can effectively complement the rescue teams, researchers said.Since they are inexpensive and can be rapidly deployed in large numbers, they substantially reduce the response time and the risk of injury to missing persons and rescue teams alike.Researchers, including those from the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Zurich developed a software that allows drones to autonomously detect and follow forest paths. “While drones flying at high altitudes are already being used commercially, drones cannot yet fly autonomously in complex environments, such as dense forests,” said…

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