Just another day developing premium drone software

 

Another week of coding has passed and to celebrate the upcoming weekend we want to share some unpolished demos.

First, we have a short clip demonstrating our obstacle avoidance technology. The drone is automatically avoiding fixed and moving objects from all directions based on advanced real-time depth sensing. The drone used in this test is a DJI S900 enhanced with advanced IR cameras. As you see, the drone is moving away sideways from any person approaching it.

If you’re working with drones yourself you might notice the movements are still a bit wobbly but this is obviously something we are working on. By the time we are finished our CTO guarantees that it will be robust and dependable like a flying Rolls-Royce. The movements will also be quicker and more responsive as we continuously refine our algorithms.

 
 
 
 

Second, we want to share a clip illustrating the input data we use to make obstacle avoidance possible. The film below illustrates how the surrounding environment is perceived by the drone. The image resembles a heat map but the colours in this case illustrate distance to surrounding objects, not heat. This type of depth data is fundamental for developing autonomous and safe features for our drones such as obstacle avoidance and precise landing.

 
 
 
 

This is some of the technical development we are currently working on, stuff that is being improved and refined every day and every hour – for now we just wanted to share an insight from our day-to-day work at our development facility outside Gothenburg.