From now on, the internet balloons of Google sister company Loon will navigate based on a self-learning algorithm.
This calculates the most efficient route for their flight.
The company announced this in a blog post on Wednesday.
The machine learning system was developed by a team from Google that specializes in artificial intelligence.
According to Loon, the new navigation system ensures that the balloons can independently calculate the optimal flight route.
These calculations are made faster than with the old system, which worked with algorithms made by humans.
This would also make the balloons fly more efficiently.
That means that they use less energy to cover greater distances.
Loon's balloons make it possible to offer internet to people who have little or no access to it.
For example, the balloons are now flying over an area in Kenya, where they use wind currents to stay above the intended area.
From a launch station, the balloons are brought to an altitude of about 20 kilometers.
They are equipped with transmission equipment, a battery and solar panels.
Ultimately, the balloons will also have to be used for commercial use in other countries.
Loon was created in 2011 within Google's experimental department X. Seven years later it became an independent company under the umbrella of parent company Alphabet.