Today’s Spotlight, by Christine Daniloff/MIT, features a photograph of a quadrotor carrying a package that is courtesy of the researchers.
In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone. To ensure safe, timely, and accurate delivery, drones will have to be able to deal with a degree of uncertainty in responding to, say, a shift in position due to winds, sensor measurement errors, or a drop in fuel — but such “what-if” planning typically requires massive computation, which can be difficult to perform on the fly.
Now MIT researchers have come up with a two-pronged approach that significantly reduces the computation associated with lengthy delivery missions.
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