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Machine Vision Algorithms Behind New Autonomous Drones

Author: Mike Rees

Percepto Robotics has announced that it has employed machine vision algorithms in its proprietary Sparrow drones as part of its complete autonomous drone-in-a-box system.

This differentiating technology makes its drones fully autonomous; capable of operating based on what they ‘see’ rather than follow predetermined GPS coordinates. Percepto’s Sparrow drones can deploy in complex environments where conditions might change from mission to mission.

For this development, Percepto was awarded the 2018 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan.

Read More: Unmanned Systems News

Boeing Completes autonomous synchronised drone flight tests in Australia

Australia: Boeing has successfully completed the first suite of synchronized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new onboard autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia.

Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new onboard system safely complete in-air programmed missions as a team without input from a human pilot.

The milestone comes six months after establishing the company’s largest international autonomous systems development program in Queensland.

Read More: Geospatial World

US military ground drones set to be deployed on Australian cattle stations

By Matt Brann ABC Rural

Autonomous drones ‘are the future’

Mr Starling said it was now commonplace for pastoral companies to use manned drones to carry out various jobs, but MLA believes manually-operated drones could soon be obsolete.

“It is what we’d call a ‘silent service’.

“These autonomous drones, be they aerial or ground, are just a silent service, they’re in the background, doing their pre-determined task, and the only time you hear from them is when they can’t make a decision and need human input to make a decision on something they’ve seen which is unusual.

“So at MLA we used to have our drone strategy, but now we call it our autonomous strategy — we think drones will reach their limit very soon if we don’t move them into this fully autonomous, silent service offering.”

Read More: ABC News


Autonomous drones will fly into danger zones for emergency services

Within the next five years, automated drones could be flying into danger zones to carry out search and rescue missions following earthquakes, fires and other disasters, if research under way at the New York University (NYU) in Abu Dhabi comes to fruition.

The project, which has already seen a number of prototype drones take to the air, is being run by Antonios Tzes, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi, who was looking for a way to get drones to operate in indoor or otherwise enclosed environments.

Most regular drones rely on access to GPS to navigate, which means that in so-called GPS-denied (indoor) environments, they are at a distinct disadvantage, and although some models can detect obstacles using visual systems, when they do detect such an obstacle, they are unable to do much more than hover on the spot and not hit it.

Read More: Computer Weekly.com

Fukushima: Autonomous Drones Inspect Radioactive Hot Spots

By: Jason Reagan

The Southwest Research Institute(SwRI) is teaming up with Tokyo Electric Power to deploy autonomous drones that can assess conditions and damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011.

Working with the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Engineering and Applied Science, SwRI engineers will deploy smaller UAVs to explore the containment unit.

Read More: Drone Life