South Korea’s defence research agency “develops drone obstacle avoidance technology”

South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development (ADD) has built an obstacle-avoidance system for drones and air taxis, reports

According to the press report:

“The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) controlled by the Defense Ministry said in a statement on May 11 that through a four-year project, it has developed an autonomous navigation technology for drones. The technology allows UAVs to autonomously set an optimized and safe path to their destination. It uses a sensor to collect external information and automatically generates an algorithm for navigation.

“We will continue to develop technologies such as an artificial intelligence-based technology capable of recognizing strategic situations, and an optimization technology for the simultaneous operation of multiple drones,” the agency said.

The news story continues:

“UAM Team Korea, a public-private consultative body, was launched in 2020 to commercialize drone taxis in 2025 under a government road map in which South Korea will enact a special law to introduce an ecosystem covering personal air vehicles ahead of other countries. There are still tasks to be solved, such as safety and social receptivity, but if unmanned autonomous navigation is applied, these problems can be solved and drone taxis will take a step closer to commercialization.”

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