Any Star Wars fan knows that the chances of successfully navigating an asteroid field are approximately 3,720 to 1. The odds are probably significantly higher against today’s autonomous drones, which fly quite a bit slower than sublight speed and without the mad skills of Han Solo.
Researchers at MIT believe they have hit upon a solution—more than one, actually—to train drones to move quickly through a crowded, complex environment, though we’re probably light years away from navigating through hostile star systems.
One solution, dubbed “Flight Goggles,” involves streaming a virtual reality environment to the drone as it flies through empty space.
“The system is at the intersection of motion capture equipment, drone technology, and high-bandwidth communications,” Sertac Karaman, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, told Singularity Hub. “We had to develop a number of hardware and software components to make it work.”
Generally, today’s autonomous drones are capable of mapping