Anyone who would like to learn how to fly a drone or teacher drones how to fly correctly autonomously may be interested in a new piece of kit which has been developed by researchers and engineers at MIT. The drone training course takes the form of a virtual reality training system designed for drones. Allowing the drone to see a rich virtual environment while flying in an empty physical space. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the training course which is being used to train autonomous drones to fly in a variety of environments.
“We think this is a game-changer in the development of drone technology, for drones that go fast,” says Sertac Karaman, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “If anything, the system can make autonomous vehicles more responsive, faster, and more efficient.”
Karaman and his colleagues will present details of their virtual training system at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation next week. Co-authors include Thomas Sayre-McCord, Winter Guerra, Amado Antonini, Jasper Arneberg, Austin Brown, Guilherme Cavalheiro, Dave McCoy, Sebastian Quilter, Fabian Riether, Ezra Tal, Yunus Terzioglu, and Luca Carlone of MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, along with Yajun Fang of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Alex Gorodetsky of Sandia National Laboratories.
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