AI drone beats pro drone racers at their own game

– Swift is an AI-powered drone developed by researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

– It can fly at speeds of up to 62 mph (100 kph) and navigate obstacles.

– Swift was trained in a simulated environment and then refined through flights using a real machine.

– In 25 races against some of the best drone pilots in the world, Swift won 15.

– Swift's achievement is believed to be a world's first.

The team behind Swift said that their research isn't just about beating pro drone racers,  

– but also about making autonomous drones more efficient for things like search-and-rescue missions, forest monitoring, or even space exploration.

– Swift uses an onboard camera and an inertial measurement unit to sense its surroundings and control its flight.

– It can detect gates along a racetrack and choose the best action to finish the circuit as fast as possible.

– Swift is still under development, but the team believes that it has the potential to revolutionize the way drones are used.