New tech allows drones to identify their location in real time

TOKYO — Japanese researchers have developed a real-time drone-locating system that uses an onboard laser sensing device and artificial intelligence that enable it to operate even where GPS fails. The technology developed by Kyoto University researchers led by Masatoshi Hamanaka allows a drone in flight to determine its position and altitude based on geographical features beneath it, detected by a laser-based sensing device and analyzed by AI technology. Under the system, data on the geographical features from the onboard sensor is compared with existing data in a geographical database to determine the drone’s position. The technology has a margin of error of a few dozen meters, but this is a practical level for drones that fly at 30-40kph, the researchers said. They aim to raise the accuracy of the system…


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