The End Nears: Autonomous Drone Demonstrates Its Obstacle Avoidance System

November 6, 2015

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This is a video of the autonomous drone that MIT PhD student Andrew Berry programmed with some custom obstacle avoidance software. The drone uses stereo cameras to see and avoid obstacles in its flight path, at speeds up to 30MPH. From the drone's point of view it kind of looks like playing Star Fox in real life. Also, if a single person can come up with an autonomous drone that works so well, can you imagine what the government must have? I'll tell you what the government has: so many problems it can barely stand on its own two feet, and it doesn't help that those two feet are actually wooden dildos.

Hit the jump for the demonstration video.

Thanks to JD, who agrees if autonomous drones are legal, then home-mounted laser rifle turrets should be too.

  • Jenness

    I just see evil dictators getting their evil lawyers and HR people on the phone to make this dude "an offer he can't refuse" to build their kid a self-flying evil car to take him safely to evil school and back to the lair. And of course make stuff that kills.

    *waits for the news to bring up this dude's White House invitation to prove me right*

  • The_Wretched

    Whoot! free skeet shooting practice!

  • Why do they always have to play such bombastic music on these things?

  • S.M. Archer

    Why the fucking fuck are we actively trying to make Skynet a thing?!?!?! Swear to Christ, Terminator will be looked back upon as a prophecy one day.

  • Wilf Smith

    Because it's what we do. Build a better *anything*. Iterate. Can't stop it. It's part of who we are. It's why we learned rubbing sticks together create fire. And fire can improve your chances of living. And clay can make bricks. And bricks can make buildings, and sand can make computer chips, and computers can do things 1,000 times quicker, and now you can talk to anyone anywhere in the world, and have all the combined knowledge of humanity at the end of a search query, and yada.

    You can only hope that in the end it all turns out ok when that process finally leaves our control and is able to iterate itself. Either way, just another evolutionary step, and we'll be as relevant as the dinosaurs.

    We're not the start of that journey. We're not the end. We're just a step.

  • VanCanFan75

    now make a millenium falcon MOD and wer'e in business

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