Drones can now follow forest trails to find lost hikers

February 11, 2016

Swiss researchers have taught drones to navigate forests themselves by following man-made trails and help find lost or injured hikers.

The research group estimates that roughly 1,000 people place emergency calls for help from forests and mountains in Switzerland alone. With this new ability, drones will be able to assist in search and rescue missions, minimize response time and the risk of injury for rescuers, easily and cheaply.

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