Vancouver firm working to make drones ‘see,’ think and avoid accidents

Share Adjust Comment Print When a plane enters the airspace where a drone is operating, a potentially fatal collision may be less than 10 seconds away. Vancouver-based Iris Automation is working on one of the most vexing problems in artificial intelligence — to make commercial drone flight more reliable, effective and most importantly, safer. Teaching drones to “see” the world as humans do and make wise decisions is nothing short of a Holy Grail in the robotics industry, but one that co-founder and CEO Alex Harmsen believes the company is edging toward. Smarter drones would also be able to work more independently, without the constant attention of an expensive, paid human operator or operate reliably beyond the operator’s line of sight, even in complex environments. “Humans live in a very visual world,…


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