Drones learn to land on their own using ‘fuzzy logic’

Fuzzy logic helps the drone make good navigational decisions amid a sea of statistical noise.

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Scientists, including one of Indian origin, are using artificial intelligence called fuzzy logic to get drones to navigate and land themselves on moving platforms without any help. Researchers from University of Cincinnati in the US applied a concept called fuzzy logic, the kind of reasoning people employ subconsciously every day. Instead of seeing the world in black and white, fuzzy logic allows for nuance or degrees of truth. “It’s the only realistic way that drones will have commercially viable uses such as delivering that roll of toilet paper to customers,” said Manish Kumar, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati in the US.

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When Trump Is in Town, Drones Can’t — and Won’t — Fly. Here’s Why

Larger drone manufacturers build their devices with software to keep them from flying into areas where presidential and other flight restrictions are in place

BY KRISTINA WEBB
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK

(TNS) — When President Donald Trump is in town, drone owners might notice their devices acting a little strange.

That’s because the larger drone manufacturers build their devices with software to keep them from flying into areas where presidential and other flight restrictions are in place — as one local hobbyist learned recently.

“I was prevented from even starting the rotors on the drone,” said Tequesta resident Chris Leyden, owner of and captain for Seaport Yachts. That was when he realized that the flight restrictions issued by the Federal Aviation Administration extend out to 30 nautical miles from the central point near Mar-a-Lago.

Leyden, who owns Seaport Yachts, immediately surmised the FAA restrictions might be behind his drones non-response.

The FAA issues flight restrictions for a variety of reasons, including air shows and military exercises. But Palm Beach County residents are becoming increasingly familiar with the range of of flight restrictions associated with a presidential visit, as Trump has spent the past three weekends at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

In Leyden’s case, he said he uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone, which costs about $1,200, to take photos and videos of boats. He was out at Jupiter Inlet a couple of weekends ago on clear day — “It was beautiful out,” he noted — when he found that his drone wouldn’t lift off the ground.

“I was a bit surprised because I knew about the 10-mile restriction for aircraft, but I was surprised by the 30-mile radius,” Leyden said.

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NM panel advances bill aimed at regulating drones

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SANTA FE – A proposal to ban drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle.

With making any recommendation, the Senate Public Affairs Committee advanced the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Greg Baca of Belen to its next committee.

Under the proposal, drones would be prohibited from flying close to critical-infrastructure facilities and from interfering with firefighters battling wildfires.

In addition to federal regulations, Baca says it’s important for the state to have rules protecting certain facilities. Other critical facilities include airports, government buildings and law enforcement and military facilities.

Opponents questioned whether such rules were outside the bounds of New Mexico’s jurisdiction.

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