Microsoft is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower autonomous gliders take decisions while they are aloft and has conducted a successful flight test in the US state of Nevada.
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Guided by computer algorithms that learned from onboard sensors,predictedair patterns and planned a route forward, these gliders could seek out thermals — columns of rising hot air — and use them to stay aloft.
Microsoft’s project is a step towards self-driving vehicles “that are nimble enough to handle all the unexpected behavior that human drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians bring to public roads.
With a glider, you can test these algorithms with minimal risk to people and property,
Using similar methods, Google has built high-altitude internet balloons that can stay aloft for months on end.