Drones Do Search And Rescue Autonomously
” Instead of a pack of rescue dogs, image a team of emergency rescuers employing a drove of search-and-rescue drones.
Researchers from the University of Zurich, in Switzerland, have designed drones that have successfully and autonomously flown through a trail in a densely wooded area. Researchers hope that one day the drones could cut response times, and help save lives.”
” The drones observe the environment around them with a pair of small cameras—similar to those found on your average smart phone. Using a powerful processing system, the drone can then determine a flight path that follows the natural landscape through manmade trails and footpaths.
During trials in the Swiss Alps, the drones found the correct direction 85 percent of the time—while humans guessed correctly 82 percent of the time, according to the study.”