Students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique are hoping their drone will be the first to fly without a GPS or a human at the controls. The team is the only Canadian one still in the running for the top prize at the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).They have been chosen as finalists in the competition.
Team Élikos has built a drone that is operated by artificial intelligence. The goal is to have it not only take off, fly and land on its own but also have it corral little robot vacuum cleaners that are circling on the ground.
Elikos’ drone shines at IARC
The team caught the judges’ eyes at IARC held in Atlanta, Georgia in August. But the competition is far from over; the team to be the first to complete their objectives comes out on top.
The International Aerial Robotics Competition is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world. Entering its third decade of advancing the state of the art in autonomous aerial robotic behavior, the competition continues to tackle challenges that are currently impossible for any flying robots owned by government or industry.
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