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Researchers at MIT have developed a new method of navigation for robots that could be very useful for the range of companies working on autonomous last-mile delivery.
The team has worked out how a robot can figure out the location of a front door, without being provided a specific map in advance. MIT News points out that mapping an entire neighborhood with the level of specificity required to do true front-door delivery would be incredibly difficult, particularly at national scale. To solve this, they set out to devise a navigation method that lets a robot process cues in its surroundings on the fly to figure out a front door’s location.
The approach is that in place of a semantic map, wherein the robot identifies objects in its surroundings and labels them, they devised a “cost-to-go” map, which uses data from training maps to color-code the surroundings into a heat map wherein it can determine which parts are more likely to be close to a “front door” and which are not, and immediately chart the most efficient path to the door based on that info.
It’s a much, much more simplified version of what we do when we encounter new environments we’ve never seen directly before. Delivery is only one use case for this kind of intelligent local environment mapping, but it’s a good one that might see actual commercial use sooner rather than later.
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