Autonomous

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles’ Energy Efficiency

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles’ Energy Efficiency

Jul 21, 2017 @ 05:29 | Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better. AUVs such as underwater gliders are valuable research tools limited primarily by their energy budget – every bit of battery power […]

Self-Driving Cars May Soon be Able to Make Moral and Ethical Decisions as Humans Do

Self-Driving Cars May Soon be Able to Make Moral and Ethical Decisions as Humans Do

A ground-breaking new study challenges the assumption that moral decisions are strongly context dependent and cannot be modeled or described algorithmically, finding that human behavior in dilemma situations can be modeled by a simple value-of-life-based model. The research suggests that human moral behavior can be well-described by algorithms and used by machines to manage moral […]

Efficient and Intelligent: Drones Get to Grips with Planning the Delivery of Goods

Efficient and Intelligent: Drones Get to Grips with Planning the Delivery of Goods

By Forschungskommunikation |  Jul 12, 2017 @ 13:23 | When goods are needed urgently, for instance, in rural areas poorly served by transport infrastructure, or in large, heavily congested cities, they could be delivered by drones.  In 2013, Amazon was one of the first to declare the intention to work towards the automated delivery of goods by small […]

Robots to Help Children with Autism

Robots to Help Children with Autism

Jul 1, 2017 @ 18:06 | New research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can’t. The Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) project will design robots that can operate autonomously and help the therapist to improve the child’s […]

A Dual-Arm Construction Robot with Remote-Control Function

A Dual-Arm Construction Robot with Remote-Control Function

Jul 1, 2017 @ 17:50 | Japanese researcher develop new concept of Dual-Arm Construction Robot for disaster relief situations In disaster areas, operating heavy construction equipment remotely and autonomously is necessary, but conventional remote-controlled heavy equipment has problems such as insufficient operability, inability to perform heavy-duty work, limited mobility on slopes and stairs, and low […]

MIT Developing a Flying Car

MIT Developing a Flying Car

Jun 27, 2017 @ 05:46 | By Rachel Gordon | MIT News | CSAIL team’s system of quadcopters that fly and drive suggest another approach to developing flying cars. Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature — many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program […]