A Drone Avoiding Obstacles at 30 MPH a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), designed the drone as part of his PhD thesis.
The drone can recognize and avoid obstacles at speeds of 30 miles per hour, without any human direction The drone only cost $1,700 to build, using easily sourced components. A camera on each wing allows the drone to “see” in stereo, and two computer processors on board helps process the information. The drone creates a map of the world 32 feet (10 meters) in front of it, identifying obstacles, and mapping a path around them. The drone doesn’t require preloaded maps, and can be flown in many environments. The researchers hope that eventually it can even be flown in areas with dense obstacles, like a thickly wooded forest.