Microsoft simulator for testing of drones

Microsoft simulator for testing of drones

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Microsoft has a simulator that companies and scientists and the flight behavior of autonomous drones to investigate and adjust.

The simulator is called AirSim and for anyone to download via the platform Github. That makes the American technologiegigant Wednesday afternoon announced via a blog post.

AirSim is built on the Unreal Engine, a popular development tool for games, and is available for free by Microsoft. The purpose of the company is to own say to the “view” of drones and other zelfvliegende or self-propelled vehicles to improve.

Safe drones crash in simulator


The simulator allows users to run these devices safely test, without the risk of crashes. The software makes it for example possible to identify in a realistic way to examine how a drone responds to the shadows or the reflection of a puddle of water.

According to Microsoft, there are already similar programs available, but that are not the required graphics level and the required computing power to provide a realistic test environment to simulate.

Data collection

AirSim provides also a software that collects data from the virtual drone, such as camera images and the measurements of different sensors. Also, there are programs to quickly create a controller for a physical drone to write. In this way the algorithms used to drones, autonomous flight, actually better, thanks to the simulator.

Microsoft says that the AirSim public has made to “the democratization of robots” to promote. Also the company hopes that thanks to the software solutions are found for well-known problems of autonomous vehicles and airplanes.

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