In a recent article in ENR.com the author reports that, “Researchers have developed an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly itself. Taking 3D scans of its surroundings, the drone can process that data fast enough to navigate in real time, without hitting objects. The scans are accurate enough to use for other purposes, too, such as infrastructure inspection.”
Researchers draw a spatial “bounding box” around a structure, and ARIA navigates in, out, over and around the structure while staying within the box’s parameters, says Luke Yoder, an institute robotics researcher.
This is the first test of our micro air vehicle designed to autonomously create 3D models of large scale structures. More info at lukeyoder.com