AI Learns to Guide Planetary Rovers Without GPS

IEEE Spectrum

Deep learning could help robotic rovers figure out their location on the moon and Mars

A Mars rover roaming the red planet cannot whip out a smartphone to check its location based on GPS. Instead, the robotic explorer must take panoramic pictures of the surrounding landscape so that a human back on Earth can painstakingly compare the ground images with Mars satellite maps taken from above by orbiting spacecraft.

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