Amazon has begun development on building its own air traffic control system for its fleet of autonomous delivery drones. The online retailer has created a new research and development team near Paris to work on the project.
The team is tasked with building a system to ensure that the company’s drones don’t collide with buildings, trees, other drones or birds – all hazards often referred to as “non-collaborative flying objects.”
According to Amazon’s Vice President for global innovation policy and communications Paul Misener, a new system has to be developed for its drones because what was available wasn’t adequate for its large fleet. This air-traffic control system is more complicated than what is used by airlines because there are more obstacles to account for at the lower heights at which drones operate.
Amazon’s team of engineers, all with experience in aviation, machine learning and artificial intelligence will design a management system with detailed maps, information on bad weather conditions and instructions on how to react if a collision or near-collision occurs – all to be loaded directly onto the drones, allowing vehicles to communicate with each other and a central control center in real time.
Learn more about UAS on Wednesday, August 30th, at the SC Aerospace Conference during the three-speaker session, “Navigating the Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”
This post contains excerpts from an article published by Bloomberg. Read the full article here>>