Researchers Marco Pavone and Ross Allen have decided to create a self-learning quadrocopter that can avoid collisions with moving objects in a real-time mode and keep coming back to a previous route. To show how effectively the drone copes with an intended target, the scientists shot a short video showing how a defenceless quadrocopter faces off against an equipped fencer.
This video clearly shows that the drone not only calculates the path of escape from the enemy's sword, but also constantly returns to the originally specified point. This drone responds quickly to the fencer's sharp attacks not to be damaged.
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The inventors have reported that the aim of this design was to create an intelligent system able to make a flyby route for moving obstacles. The scientists have highlighted that the prototype software is not similar to the designs of other companies. Thus, there are all preconditions that the smart drone will efficiently perform various useful activities, including operation as a security guard of premises or performance of functions of the journalist in trouble spots.
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