Emesent’s Autonomous Lidar Mapping System, Hovermap, Is Making Its Way Above Ground
Flying a drone beyond visual line of sight or in difficult GPS-denied environments can be more reliable and accurate when it is driven by a high level of autonomy. When a pilot’s skill and approach to flying no longer impacts the quality of the data, and the drone can more-or-less “fly itself” once given mission parameters, this increases the reliability and quality of data capture. The challenge is in conducting autonomous flights under current regulations. However, some industries can already demonstrate what the technology is capable of today. Take for example the mining industry.
The mining industry is one of the key arenas where we can truly test and validate autonomous systems. Because underground mapping is not subject to regulations set forth by civil aviation authorities (such as flying beyond line of sight), it is the ideal proving ground for these types of technologies. It is also an area in need of less perilous data capture methods, in which drones can offer a safer alternative. It is a win–win scenario where both industries stand to benefit. This is why companies like Emesent have been testing, validating, and proving their autonomous Lidar systems for several years now in the mining industry.