Scientists create drones used to find lost hikers

Search and rescue drones could help locate those who’ve strayed off the beaten track. Swiss scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can be used with quadcopters to find lost hikers. The rescue robot, which involved researchers from the University of Zurich, the Università della Svizzera italiana and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, has already proved to be more accurate at finding missing persons than humans. Metro talks to Davide Scaramuzza, head of the Robotics and Perception Group, about how the mechanical manpower works. RELATED: Google files patent for drone ‘delivery receptacle’ How did you come up with this idea? – While drones flying at high altitudes are already being used commercially, they cannot fly autonomously in complex environments, such as dense forests. In these environments, any…


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