Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is a technique used by robots and autonomous vehicles to build up a map within an unknown environment (without a prior knowledge) or to update a map within a known environment (with a prior knowledge from a given map) while at the same time keeping track of their current location.
SLAM will give platforms the ability to navigate in GPS denied environments, such as indoors or look out for trees and buildings and move out of their way when flying at low level outdoors.
A critical part of detect sense and avoid.
Early days for this technology, something that the XBox Kinect seems to have been made for!
Professor Dale Schinstock, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, KSU is seen putting his platform through its paces.