If delivery drones become widespread, then creating aircraft control systems to stop them from crashing into one another is going to be a big challenge. (That’s why Google, NASA, and the FAA are all working on it right now.) But hey, if we’re going to enable fleets of semi-autonomous vehicles to roam the skies in incredibly complicated patterns, why stop there? Why not let them drive as well?
That’s what researchers at MIT have been looking into, creating the first “path planning” system capable of controlling transformer bots that fly and drive. Now the hardware here isn’t that significant (the drones you can seen in the video below are just toys, rather than full-sized craft), but what is interesting is the path-planning system that sets the route of each drone. This tells the drone when to fly.