Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world: Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just about everything, from walking down a crowded sidewalk to scoring a goal in a community soccer league. Perception-action loops—using sensory input to decide on appropriate action in a continuous real time loop —are at the heart of autonomous systems. Although this tech has advanced dramatically in the ability to use sensors and cameras to reason about control actions, the current generation of autonomous systems are still nowhere near human skill in making those decisions directly from visual data. Here, we share how we have built Machine Learning systems that reason out correct actions to take directly from camera images. The system is trained via simulations and learns to independently navigate challenging environments and conditions in real world, including unseen situations. Read the Paper                                Download the Code                                Watch the Video We wanted to push current technology to get closer to a human’s ability to interpret environmental cues, adapt to difficult conditions and operate autonomously. For example, in First Person View (FPV) drone racing, expert pilots can plan and control a quadrotor with high agility using a noisy monocular camera feed, without compromising safety. We were interested in exploring the question of what it would take to build

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Flock – Senior Data Scientist, Insurance

Flock – Senior Data Scientist, Insurance

At Flock, we’re on a mission to make the world a smarter, safer place. Having soared to dominance in the UK drone industry we’ve now set our sights on enhancing risk management across multiple sectors. Insurers around the world are looking to license our technology platform and join in our mission to make the world a […] At Flock, we’re on a mission to make the world a smarter, safer place. Having soared to dominance in the UK drone industry we’ve now set our sights on enhancing risk management across multiple sectors. Insurers around the world are looking to license our technology platform and join in our mission to make the world a Read More

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Air Force pivots to virtually connect defense innovators, announces ‘big bets’

Air Force pivots to virtually connect defense innovators, announces ‘big bets’

AUSTIN, Texas (AFNS) — What was initially planned as a three-day, in-person defense innovation event with 600 collaborators, the 2020 Spark Collider and Pitch Bowl seemed like it would fall through the cracks following growing concerns of COVID-19, leading AFWERX to change course. In the span of three days, the Air Force and its joint partners quickly pivoted to […] AUSTIN, Texas (AFNS) — What was initially planned as a three-day, in-person defense innovation event with 600 collaborators, the 2020 Spark Collider and Pitch Bowl seemed like it would fall through the cracks following growing concerns of COVID-19, leading AFWERX to change course. In the span of three days, the Air Force and its joint partners quickly pivoted to Read More

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AirVuz Video of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick was believed to be a fifth-century Christian missionary and first bishop  in the country of Ireland. He is the primary patron saint of Ireland, and his day is usually celebrated here in the U.S. with an Irish-American theme, fun, crowds and lots of green. This year, St. Patrick’s Day parades, bars, and concerts […] The post AirVuz Video of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day appeared first on DRONELIFE. Saint Patrick was believed to be a fifth-century Christian missionary and first bishop  in the country of Ireland. He is the primary patron saint of Ireland, and his day is usually celebrated here in the U.S. with an Irish-American theme, fun, crowds and lots of green. This year, St. Patrick’s Day parades, bars, and concerts The post AirVuz Video of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day appeared first on DRONELIFE. Read More

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The World Needs Drone Delivery Now

With “social distancing” the phrase of the week around the world, the time may have come for communities and governments to embrace drone delivery – not just for speed and convenience, but to protect themselves and vulnerable members. The World Economic Forum has published a blog post highlighting the contributions that drones have made in […] The post The World Needs Drone Delivery Now appeared first on DRONELIFE. With “social distancing” the phrase of the week around the world, the time may have come for communities and governments to embrace drone delivery – not just for speed and convenience, but to protect themselves and vulnerable members. The World Economic Forum has published a blog post highlighting the contributions that drones have made in The post The World Needs Drone Delivery Now appeared first on DRONELIFE. Read More

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