Self-flying drone is developed at Carnegie Mellon for infrastructure inspection

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have created a self-guided drone that can stay within defined perimeters and collect “40,000 x-y-z points per second to build a point cloud of its surroundings.” Called an Aerial Robotic Infrastructure Analyst, it uses a laser scanner and takes 3D images of an area to conduct infrastructure inspections.