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Limiting Jerks for Comfortable Commuting by Personal Drone

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Here's the problem, neatly summarized by the researchers: In order to be widely accepted as a new mean of transportation, PAVs [personal aerial vehicles] automation capabilities should not only ensure safety but also tackle the problem of the passengers comfort. The EPFL researchers modified a strategy called Optimal Reciprocal Collision Avoidance, or ORCA. ORCA is a "reactive decentralized collision avoidance strategy" that can make sure that multiple robots can avoid running into each other in 3D space. The idea is using "fully or partially autonomous Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) for travelling between homes and working places, and for flying at low altitude in urban environments."