Drone technology has evolved significantly in recent years, pushing the boundaries of what is permissible and possible. Using onboard sensors and pre-programming software technology enables a singular drone or drone swarm to reach its target destination without an operator or human intervention.
Drones can fly autonomously at remarkably high speeds while navigating unpredictable and complex obstacles and terrain.The integration of artificial intelligence has revolutionised the use of drones.
“A fully autonomous drone swarm is a different level of technology altogether. It is a networked entity that doesn’t require an operator. Operated by artificial intelligence (AI), drones can continue their mission, even if several drones are lost during a mission. The machine learning system is fed with data sourced from satellites, other reconnaissance drones, and WARaerial vehicles, as well as intel collected by ground units”, as it was explained by Interesting Engineering website.
These enhanced capabilities have enabled drones to organise themselves into a coherent swarm, flying in complete synchrony without colliding and without a central control unit directing them.Like many other technology innovations (internet, GPS, Digital photography), drone technology was initially designed and developed for military use for reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
Today, drones have become an integral part of society, used by various medians commercially and culturally for high-quality imagery, painting, audio-visual art, and live performances.