As its competitors got engaged in making self-driving vehicles, Microsoft is utilizing AI (Artificial Intelligence) to give autonomous gliders the power to decide while they are up in the sky. It has performed a successful flight examination in the U.S. state of Nevada.
As per a report in The New York Times, late last week, an Indian-origin Principal Scientist at Microsoft, Ashish Kapoor, is guiding a project in which his group has tested 2 gliders developed to steer on their own through the skies. “Led by computer algorithms that predicted air patterns, studied from onboard sensors, and aimed a route forward, these gliders can look out for thermals and utilize them to stay high,” the report further added.
Microsoft aims to develop an autonomous airplane that can ultimately ride through the air for hours or days at a time while using very little fuel. It will also assist scientists monitor farm crops, track weather patterns, or even deliver the Internet to places where it is or else not available. As per a Stanford University professor of astronautics and aeronautics, Mykel Kochenderfer, the project of Microsoft is a one more measure towards self-driving cars that are quick enough to manage all the unpredicted behavior that human bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians bring to public paths.
“With a glider, you can examine these algorithms with negligible jeopardy to property and people,” Kochenderfer mentioned to the media at a conference. In the desert of Nevada, the group led by Kapoor rolled out 2 gliders with assistance from a remote control that can be held in hands easily. Once in the air, the gliders were on their own. They were obliged to fly with assistance from the other air patterns including the wind.
With the assistance of algorithms, the gliders analyzed the behavior around them and then modified directions as required. They studied from their surrounding and made knowledgeable guesses. Microsoft needed to make a record with the flight but post 2 days of examination, due to issues with other equipment including radios, it did not take place, as per the sources having deep knowledge of this matter.