A Drone that lands on a Moving Vehicle (Video)

A team of engineers from the University of Waterloo put up a control system that enables a UAV, to safely land on an UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) without the help of a human coordinator.

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be both safe and maneuverable, but their small size means they can’t carry much payload and their battery life only allows for short flights. To increase the range of a small UAV, one idea is to pair it with an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can carry it to a site of operation and transport heavier cargo. Having both ground and aerial perspectives can also be useful during a mission.

The two vehicles communicate their position constantly and converge to a common location to dock successfully as you will see in the video bellow.