APAS drones in the market today have incorporated both style and technology. Therefore, you are assured of getting a device that understands your needs.  

One of the techs that go with APAS is the FPV technology which gives one a real time piloting experience. This means what the plane sees is what you see from your high resolution goggles.      

Additionally, the APAS which is an object avoidance sensor was introduced in the airplanes as well. This has made it possible for one to fly a drone without worrying about the objects in the line of flight. Hence, if you are a beginner, you can still fly your precious toy comfortably.

What is an APAS drone?

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) is intelligent software that uses 120 sensor to detect an object. Once the system detects an obstacle an instant feedback is sent to the Operating system and the robot comes to a stop.

This tech has been used by the drone manufacturing industry to make their products ideal for any environment. When flying your aircraft in a public area or a place full of obstacles, the drone system is able to notice them and avoid a collision.

When flying a drone one can get caught up in the moment and forget to look where they are heading. This is how an airplane crashes or even bumps into an object which leads to incurring extra cost ordering spare parts. But, with the APAS software the drone is able to detect and avoid the object by flying around or over them.

How APAS works

The APAS application works by calculating a clear path the sensors. While the obstacle detection sensor scans the surrounding the SLAM technology and software algorithm produces a 3D image of the object.

This helps the drone to fly over or around the object. To ensure the software works effectively without failure it has been fused obstacle detection and collision avoidance technology to help in sensing and avoiding. They are;

  • Ultrasonic
  • Lidar
  • Infrared
  • Time of Flight (ToF)
  • Vision Sensor
  • Monocular Vision  

However, if the drone doesn’t find a clear path of flight it will hover around the place until you give further instructions. Moreover the software works when you are flying the aircraft forward or backwards.

Hence, you have more freedom with flight whilst which removed the worry of the plane crashing.  For hunters or those who are flying in a complex environment the software gives you a piece of mind. Plus, the beginner can learn how to pilot their drones until they have master the craft to fly without using the APAS software.  

 What is obstacle detection and collision avoidance technology?     

For your drone to detect objects and take action to either go around, fly over or even stop it needs an integration of technologies. This is why manufactures have fused sense software programming which has mathematical models, machine learning, and sensors and even SLAM tech. To understand what all the softwares and technologies used are all about we are going to break it down.

  • SLAM technology for detection and avoiding obstacles

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) has a huge part to play in APAS development. The SLAM enables your drone to create a map of its surroundings and adapt to the surroundings in the map in real-time.

It works by first creating a pre-existing map of its surrounding which has been programmed into the drone. Once this is done the drone refines the map accordingly to create a path for itself. Apart from the map it uses sound or noise in the environment to create a logical path of flight.      

  • Sensor Fusion

It refers to a fusion of data from several sensors which are channeled into one sensor. This is what the drone uses to make an informed judgment about the obstacles in its path. Once an object is detected a feedback is sent to the flight controller which runs the obstacle detection software and algorithm. The software then processes the data and issue a command on what the drone is supposed to do. The command could be to fly over, under or even go round.

  • Obstacle avoidance algorithm       

The algorithm refers to a set of rules which are followed by the drone after calculating data from various sensors. The instructions are followed in a step by step basis depending of the data given.

Once the data is process a command is issued depending on the object whether stationary or moving. To ensure the algorithm works effectively, it uses data stored in their memory. Plus the drone can create their own data depending on the problem and it is done in real time. This show how Artificial Intelligence(AI) has improved the drone industry.      

  • Obstacle detection to track and follow

Yes, the software can detect objects and even navigate around them to prevent the air plane from crashing. But it offers more; it can detect humans, animals, vehicles among other. The drone is able to trace profile and even spotlight when flying.

 How does the drone trace profile and spotlight? This is how it works

Trace: The feature enables the airplane to follow behind or in front of an object. This, in turn, helps it to crashing automatically. This applies to the moving objects which could be cars, humans or even animals.

Profile: it’s another amazing feature that enables the device to fly alongside a subject. This is done at various angles enable it achieve profile shots of the object on its path.

Spotlight: lastly the drone is able to maintain a fixed camera position on the object or subject while flying.

Final Word

If you are a beginner who wants to venture into this hobby, then an APAS drone is the answer. It’s like the device has its own brain which helps you in avoiding crashes or hitting obstacle. Therefore, when purchasing a drone ensure it has the APAS feature for an amazing experience.