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Flying 16 Drones in Close Proximity with Machine Learning

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Our drones are going to get a whole lot smarter in the future thanks to AI and machine learning techniques. Caltech engineers have already come up with a way to fly a swarm of robots in close proximity without any collision.

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These drones use machine learning to learn new environments on the fly and navigate confined spaces without bumping into each other. As the engineers explain:

When GLAS and Neural-Swarm are used, a robot does not require a complete and comprehensive picture of the environment that it is moving through, or of the path its fellow robots intend to take. Instead, robots learn how to navigate through a space on the fly, and incorporate new information as they go into a “learned model” for movement. Since each robot in a swarm only requires information about its local surroundings, decentralized computation can be done

[Source: Caltech]

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