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AI-based system helps drones navigate without GPS

Devices much better able to function autonomously in bad weather, complex terrain

Drones are already being used for many purposes; the new technology will boost their usefulness.

OSAKA 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 using AI technology.

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