Davide Scaramuzza, who led the project for the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Zurich, shared, “While drones flying at high altitudes are already being used commercially, drones cannot yet fly autonomously in complex environments, such as dense forests. In these environments, any little error may result in a crash, and robots need a powerful brain in order to make sense of the complex world around them.”
This is not the first instance where there is such a drone in existence, as there was another attempt in which we reported on late last year. As for this new breed of quadrocopter, it will ultimately be deployed rapidly in large numbers in order to complement human rescue teams while reducing response time, as the drone falls back on the likes of small cameras and unique software to get the job done. You can check out a video of the drone in action here.