Airbus CEO Tom Enders has said that the company will begin testing a semi-autonomous flying taxi by the end of 2017, according to Reuters
Talking at the DLD Digital Tech conference in Munich, Enders is said to have confirmed that a prototype single-passenger demonstrator – developed as a solution to the growing problem of traffic congestion in urban areas – will undergo flight tests within the next 12 months. Continue reading Flying taxi tests to begin this year claims Airbus boss
by Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends
A bit like a twenty-first century “jack in the box,” a bold new all-in-one drone solution takes the form of a box, which opens up to act as a launch pad for a drone, capable of carrying out autonomous missions, before returning to its home to have its batteries automatically swapped out.
It’s the product of excellently-named startup Airmada, and promises to take the current meaning of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the next level. Continue reading Awesome new ‘drone in a box’ system can launch, land, and recharge itself autonomously
by Eric Adams, WIRED
Autonomous vehicles have infiltrated much of the military, from airborne surveillance to all manner of ground-based operations. But the Navy remains a mostly human-controlled operation—with the demand for robotic tech focused on conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it simply hasn’t trickled down to aquatic operations yet.
But the Office of Naval Research thinks autonomous boats can have a major impact on the military’s ocean-going efficiency and effectiveness. And it’s starting with swarms of autonomous boats.
In a demonstration conducted this fall in the lower Chesapeake Bay, a fleet of small, human-free boats collectively patrolled a harbor, detected intruders, and even chased them away from the area they were protecting. The Navy first demonstrated the swarm in 2014, when the vessels were tasked with protecting a single ship.
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