#科技头条#【未来自动驾驶飞机不仅改革农业,人类出行方式也会变化】

#科技头条#【未来自动驾驶飞机不仅改革农业,人类出行方式也会变化】硅谷创业公司Pyka正在开发农业方面的应用,使之更快捷更安全,飞机可以每小时70英里的速度丘陵等不同地形进行穿越,目前还没有公布该飞机的具体价格,但是表示会控制在可以负担的费用内。未来也会考虑人类出行的应用。http://www.looooker.com/?p=47983

The self-flying plane that could soon skim the countryside to revolutionise farming

  • It's being developed to make agricultural chemical application safer and faster
  • The plane can cruise over hills and other terrain at over 70 miles per hour 
  • The autonomous flying system allows the pilot to stay on the ground, while the plane flies close to the surface - a type of flying that is normally very dangerous

From machine-gun wielding to video-recording, many different kinds of autonomous drones are currently being developed.

But autonomous planes are also being developed for a variety of applications.

Silicon Valley startup Pyka is developing an autonomous plane to make agricultural chemical application safer, faster and more precise.

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The plane, which was presented at the 25th Y Combinator Demo Day in Mountain View, California, is an auto-piloting, single person plane.

According to Pyka's website, the plane can cruise over hills and other terrain, spraying agricultural chemicals at over 70 miles per hour (112.5 kilometers per hour).

The autonomous flying system allows the pilot to stay on the ground, while the plane itself flies close to the land's surface - a type of flying that is normally very dangerous.

While it's not yet clear how much the plane will cost, the company says that their technology enables 'extremely fast and affordable application.'

The plane's onboard sensors allow it to self-regulate its position, flying precise paths while spraying at the right times.

This allows the plane to compensate if there's wind and drift, leading to using less chemicals per acre while also decreasing accidental exposure of chemicals to other areas.

According to Tech Crunch, the company has already built a 400-pound (181-kilo) that flies autonomously and can take-off and land in 90 feet (27 meters).

However, regulators need to conduct tests before allowing humans on board, so the company has developed an additional business conducting crop dusting - the spraying of insecticide or fertilizer on crops - in New Zealand.

This lets the business earn $600 per hour, while also logging the hours required to test and prepare the plane for human transportation.

原文链接:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4816864/The-self-flying-plane-make-farming-easier.html


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