Drone Obstacle Avoidance

A new video from the University of Zurich shows an autonomous drone ducking and dodging a soccer ball being thrown at it in real time.
The video is part of an experiment researching the effects of latency in perception on a robot’s ability to navigate unfamiliar environments.
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Drones have been capable of avoiding stationary obstacles for years, but researchers at the University of Zurich are working to make them even better at dodging moving objects.

As part of an experiment, the researchers recently published a video that shows an autonomous drone ducking and dodging a soccer ball being thrown at it in multiple scenarios.

The experiment was part of a project by Davide Scaramuzza’s Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich, which recently published a paper that studies the effects that latency in perception can have on how quickly robots are able to navigate through an unfamiliar environment.

To validate their analysis, the researchers equipped a drone with event cameras that would enable it to detect and dodge objects thrown in its path, as outlined in their whitepaper. The project was first reported by IEEE Spectrum, the online magazine for IEEE, …read more


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