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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

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Swarm views of a test subject.

The drones can balance or be directed to pursue various goals, such as maintaining a certain distance from obstacles or each other, or minimizing the total flight time between two points, and so on.

Credit: Zhou et al

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.

The Zheijang University team used commercially available technology to assemble a trajectory planner for the swarm that relies on data from sensors onboard the drones, which the 10-drone swarm processes locally and shares collectively.

The swarm three-dimensionally maps its environment to navigate, and also can perform tasks such as pursuing a human.

These achievements could advance progress toward using swarms for aerial surveillance and disaster response.

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