Oculus co-founder has designed a drone that is capable of seeking out its targets and ramming them head on in order to destroy them.
In a video demonstration, Interceptor seeks out its opponent and charges at it 100 miles per hour, ultimately hurdling both of them to the ground.
The company claims it is capable of neutralizing threats in any environment, day or night, and according to its creator, the device ‘almost always survives and returns to base.’
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Interceptor is the brainchild of Anduril, which was founded by Palmer Luckey who also co-founded Oculus – the Facebook owned company that designs virtual reality technology.
‘The best way to kill fast drones piloted by hostile humans is with even faster drones piloted by AI!’ said Luckey on Twitter.
‘The United States cannot allow the skies of the world to turn into the Wild West, our ability to take out aerial threats in a matter of seconds is part of the solution.’
A human operator activates the deadly drone, which it then identifies and flies towards its target on its own – with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).
The video leaves the fate of Interceptor up to the imagination, as it does not reveal if the unmanned copter survived the attack or sacrificed itself to take out its opponent.
Oculus co-founder has designed a drone that is capable of seeking out its targets and ramming them head on in order to destroy them. In a video demonstration, Interceptor seeks out its opponent and charges at it 100 miles per hour, ultimately hurdling both of them to the ground
However, Luckey has said on Twitter that the device ‘almost always survives’.
What is clear, however, is that while Levin authorized the attack, the drone executed it autonomously.
As the engineer explained to Bloomberg, Anduril’s device is able to identify and fly toward targets without any help — and if it doesn’t destroy an enemy drone with an initial hit, it doesn’t give up, autonomously attacking a second or third time until its target is dead.
It is said that the startup has already begin the shipment of its drone to military officials in both the US and UK –with the first models arriving earlier in the year.
‘As a helicopter pilot who supports innovation in areas like VTOL air taxis, ‘flying cars’, and drone delivery, I believe that heavy drone regulation is not the best way to keep our skies safe,’ said Luckey on Twitter.
‘Criminals and terrorists can ignore the law, but they can’t ignore strong defenses.’
Anduril was founded in 2017, and has already signed contracts with several branches of the U.S. government.
‘Unmanned aerial systems have long been notoriously difficult to defend against: they are widely available, inexpensive, and dangerous in the wrong hands,’ said Brian Schimpf, Anduril CEO.
‘Our counter-UAS solution applies automated target acquisition to give human operators the capability to quickly and effectively neutralize these growing aerial threats.’Department of Homeland Security.
Source : Mail Online