A new algorithm developed at MIT enables delivery drones to better preserve their health in real time (Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT (photograph of quadrotor courtesy of the researchers))
In observing the new algorithm, the team ran simulations where drones delivered several packages to various addresses (Photo: MIT)
The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond visions of colliding rotor blades and unsolicited package drops lies another problem: the huge amount of computational power needed to take into account real world uncertainties, such as strong winds, limited battery life and navigational errors, in order to provide a reliable delivery service. This has been the focus of new study from MIT, with a team of researchers devising a new algorithm said to massively reduce the level of computation required, enabling the drone to monitor its "health" in real time.
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