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David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering from Stanford University (SU), explained as the editor of recent studies published on drones that new experimental designs are taking from insects to better navigate complex “urban environments”.

The researchers used complex algorithms to command these insect drones to fly together as birds do and follow cars down busy streets.

Lentink said: To enable our drones to fly equally well in wind and clutter, we need to solve several flight control challenges during all flight phases: take-off, cruising, and landing.”

These drone “pests” are being created to “learn how to control their flight through urban environments to exploit our resources.”

Lentink explained: “Flying animals can be found everywhere in our cities. From scavenging pigeons to alcohol-sniffing fruit flies that make precision landings on our wine glasses, these animals have quickly learnt how to control their flight through urban environments to exploit our resources.”

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