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Collision-free Cooperative UAV Protocols for Sustainable Aerial Services


UAVs are offering many global industry sectors the opportunity to adopt more sustainable business models. By offering innovative ways of managing resources, and newer opportunities to address key challenges in many areas, UAVs are expected to play a relevant role in the upcoming 6G networks scenario. As an example of their deployment, in smartagriculture, UAVs are used to collect data such as weather and soil moisture, enabling more effective land management. They can also be applied to the inspection of infrastructure projects or equipment such as onshore and offshore wind turbines, reducing the need for potentially dangerous human inspection, or, finally, for the distribution businesses and services. All these new applications tend to require the cooperation of groups, namely "swarms" of UAVs, in order to provide collaborative sensing and processing solutions. New requirements are then imposed in terms of safety, coordination, and operation management. In this paper, we provide an overview of some of the technical challenges that multirotor UAVs are still facing in terms of aerial coordination and interaction. In this regard, we focus on recent developments available in literature and present some contributions we realized during the past few years that address UAV interaction to achieve collision-free flights and swarm-based missions. Based on the analysis provided in this work, we eventually provide an insight on the challenges still open that need to be solved in order to enable effective UAVbased solutions to support sustainable aerial services.
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hal-03616495 , version 1 (22-03-2022)


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Francisco Fabra, Anna Maria Vegni, Valeria Loscrì, Carlos Tavares Calafate, Juan Cano, et al.. Collision-free Cooperative UAV Protocols for Sustainable Aerial Services. IET Smart Cities, In press. ⟨hal-03616495⟩


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