Millions of people travel all around the globe every year and thousands of them lose their way and get stuck hoping that rescue team will come and save their life. However, it takes a while before a rescue team arrives and save tourists and sometimes help comes very late leading to the death of tourists.
Saving people stuck in the forest is a very precarious and daunting task as it takes a lot of time to search the exact location of the victim. To overcome such problem, researchers have taken the help of artificial intelligence and have designed a drone that works autonomously and can search the victim stuck in the forest in a short span of time.
Scientists say that several drones can be deployed in the forest to fasten search operation. Drones are cost friendly and reliable that makes it affordable and feasible for the search operation.
“While drones flying at high altitudes are already being used commercially, drones cannot yet fly autonomously in complex environments, such as dense forests,” said Davide Scaramuzza from the University of Zurich.
Usually, drones rely on their sophisticated sensors to perform the task autonomously. However, this new drone exploits the power of artificial intelligence to make next optimal decision and complete the task efficiently.
“Instead of relying on sophisticated sensors, their drone uses very powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms to interpret the images to recognise man-made trails,” said Alessandro Giusti from the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Switzerland.
The drone takes several images, makes a map of the region and then interprets the right path using an algorithm. Scientists used a Deep Neural Network to test and solve a problem. It was found that the drone completed the task and chose right path with an accuracy of 85 percent.