I led R&D of this autonomous drone in 2016-2017 at NVIDIA. It uses Deep Neural Network for model-free end-to-end navigation from pixels to control. Our drone, named Redtail, can fly along forest trails autonomously, achieving record-breaking long-range flights of more than 1 kilometer (about six-tenths of a mile) in the lower forest canopy. We released our navigation DNN (TrailNet), as well as other models and control code on GitHub as open source project (Redtail). The tech can be used to create autonomous drones or ground rovers that can can navigate complex, unmapped places without GPS. I presented this work at IROS 2017 conference.
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