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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

By The New York Times

April 4, 2019

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Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

At the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Madrid last October, the drone raced through a complicated series of turns and gates, beating the competition by completing the course twice as fast as the other systems with a top speed of 5.6 miles per hour.

This year, a new competition will pit against each other autonomous drones that are more nimble and that can truly act by themselves.

Lockheed Martin's AlphaPilot competition, which is part of Drone Racing League's new Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing Circuit, aims to drive interest and research into self-driving vehicles.

Nine teams will compete this fall, out of 430 currently participating in qualifying rounds. The winning team will take home a prize of $1 million, and will receive an additional $250,000 if the AI drone can also beat a top human pilot in a head-to-head race.

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