Skydio, a startup formed by former Google drone engineers, just finished production of a self-flying, hands-free aerial photography camera. The drone uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to fly by itself without the aid of a pilot. This is done with technology similar to whats being used in autonomous vehicles, with adjustments made for the 3-D motion of flying and the lack of roadway structure.
The drone uses 13 cameras, GPS, and other sensors to follow a user without hitting obstacles. Users instruct the drone to follow them by opening a specialized app and connecting with the aircraft. Using this app the drone can be set to lead, follow, or orbit the subject.
The drone is currently selling for $2,499.