A new paper presented in Singapore earlier this month outlines a new type of drone developed by students at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory that can maneuver on land and in the air. The group designed a system of eight quadcopter drones that both fly and drive through a “city” with terrestrial and atmospheric obstacles. Ph.D. student Brandon Araki, lead author on the paper, said in a statement, ““The ability to both fly and drive is useful in environments with a lot of barriers, since you can fly over ground obstacles and drive under overhead obstacles.” CSAIL Director Daniela Rus said, ““As we begin to develop planning and control algorithms for flying cars, we are encouraged by the possibility of creating robots with these capabilities at small scale,”

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