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Advanced drone algorithm guides drones through city streets like a car

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Currently, drones use some of the same systems your car’s navigation system uses to find its way around a city’s streets. But this is all about to change thanks to the latest drone algorithm development.

Drone technology is changing the way we live across the world, from photography to fire prevention, there really isn’t a segment of the global economy that is not currently being impacted by the rise of drones.But have you ever wondered how the technological marvels navigate the world around them with such ease and grace?

Thanks to an advanced DroNet algorithm, drones are able to navigate around city streets much like an automobile would – all without a driver!

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This might be why drones are dangerous, but you’d be wrong in that assumption. Sure, nothing is perfect, but drone navigational technology is at the forefront of unmanned aerial systems.

Research conducted by a team from the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics in Switzerland created a way for drones to navigate open spaces autonomously using an algorithm, causing the drones to behave like cars in traffic.

The head of the University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group Davide Scaramuzza told publication Digital Trends: “We have developed an algorithm that can safely drive a drone through the streets of a city and react promptly to unforeseen obstacles, such as other vehicles and pedestrians.”

The name for the algorithm, DroNet, is an abbreviation for Drone Network. DroNet uses a deep neural network in guiding the drone and its name references this underlying technology.

The algorithm enables the drone to differentiate between moving objects and those that are standing still. Using these indications the drone can independently navigate while avoiding unnecessary collisions.

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