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By Enterprise Technology Review | Friday, March 22, 2019

With all the attention, the unmanned aerial vehicles are finding more practical and innovative uses. They have penetrated the world of technology, and a lot of businesses are looking forward to utilizing the capacities of these machines to the best effects. There is a host of technologies that could provide foundations to expand and transform the use of drones in the future.

Hydrogen Power: One of the ever-present challenges facing drone deliveries and urban aerial mobility is dealing with limited flight times. Some existing solutions use fixed-wing drones to enhance the range of their operations, and some are relying on several high capacity batteries to provide a rapid and more sustainable mode of transport. Both options require recharging in between flights and spare batteries to be swapped in. One of the futuristic solutions to the power and flight time problem is hydrogen. Powering drones with hydrogen comes with plenty of advantages. It’s also emission-free and far more efficient than electric or fossil-fuel powered flight. Hydrogen fuel cells rely heavily on air when creating a reaction to produce energy. So a hydrogen tank generates more energy than a regular battery of the same weight.

AI Systems: To get autonomy in flying, AI systems need to be devised inside. AI systems are capable of navigating around drone racing courses at speed.  Also, computer vision is being pushed from multiple angles. It gives drones the ability to navigate complex, unfamiliar environments with 360º awareness and obstacle avoidance.

Rest and Recharge: For drones, rest is not an option while they are on the flight. But some researchers have been finding ways to make drones become more like humans, and working out whether these changes in design can make them more efficient. There is a proposal of an adaptable landing gear that allows drones to attach themselves to a wide range of different structures, resting on street lights and the edges or corners of buildings to reduce power consumption, increase vision stability and preserve the scope of that vision.

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