Tag: AutonomousSystems

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

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

Amazon, Google, Others Are Developing Private Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Validation tests in conjunction with NASA are slated for the next three months

BALTIMORE (US)—The commercial drone industry wants to create a privately funded and operated air-traffic control network, separate from the current federal system, to enable widespread operations at low altitudes.

In conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, validation tests are slated over the next three months at a handful of sites. The intent is to develop a “totally different, new way of doing things,” Parimal Kopardekar, NASA’s senior air-transport technologist who first suggested the idea of an industry-devised solution, told approximately 1,000 attendees at the conference.

Read More: The Wall Street Journal

Boeing Chooses Queensland for Autonomous Systems Development Programme

Boeing has announced Queensland will be the home for its new autonomous systems development program, with the three-year “rapid innovation program” expected to see the aerospace giant develop autonomous systems capability to increase the independent operation of air and sea vehicles.

During a press briefing , Boeing Autonomous Systems vice president Chris Raymond said autonomy is expected to enter both the company’s existing and new products, and explained the partnership with the Queensland government will allow the regulatory creases to be ironed out in unison with the development of new tech.

The program, the biggest investment the company has made in autonomous systems outside of the United States, will focus heavily on the regulatory side, and has been built on the existing partnership the company has with the Shell-operated, Queensland government gas initiative.

Read More: UAS Vision