The best human drone pilots have so far always outperformed autonomous systems in drone racing. However, a new algorithm that was developed by researchers of the University of Zurich can fly drones faster than experienced human racing pilots.
The researchers had two human pilots and the algorithm to fly a quadrotor through a race circuit. They used external cameras to capture the motion of the drone and to give real-time information to the algorithm about the drone’s position.
Although the human pilots could train on the circuit before the race, the algorithm could fly the drone faster and more consistently.
The algorithm still requires further development, but it has a huge potential for drone deliveries, inspections and search and rescue operations.
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