Autonomous Systems

Could Smart Cars Finally be Driving Towards Reality?

Autonomous vehicles offer the potential for making streets safer, but currently face regulatory and safety challenges of their own.

US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever

Its lessons will inform the Army’s next-gen-unmanned-vehicles plan to ask tech firms to deliver the brains and established firms to deliver the wheels.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot Raises Serious Concerns – but Probably Not the Ones You Think

The Tesla Bot comes with a whole portfolio of risks that are hard to quantify and easy to overlook and yet inevitably end up tripping up innovators.

Swarms May Offer Next Level Artificial Intelligence

NASA wants to push the concept of swarm intelligence to new heights.

Why the Feds Are Investigating Tesla’s Autopilot and What that Means for the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Tesla’s Autopilot enables hands-free driving, but it’s not meant to allow drivers to take their eyes off the road.

Cryptocurrency Company Makes Case for Running its Own Local Government

A Nevada commission is studying the concept. An executive with Blockchains Inc. says its plans for an "innovation zone" won't work inside an existing county.

Pentagon Advances Experiments with Autonomous Barges to Replenish Aircraft

The next phase of an existing agreement commits millions to demonstrate this emerging technology.

Algorithm Could Improve How Self-Driving Cars Take on Narrow Streets

This kind of exchange requires drivers—human or machine—to make decisions based on largely unwritten rules of the road, researchers said.

DHS Considering Small Business-Made Tech Greenlighted by Other Agencies

The agency wants to know if other parts of the government have developed tech that could help its mission.

Navy Drone Refuels Fighter Jet, a Key Step Toward Adding UAVs to Carrier Wings

The MQ-25 T1 Stingray is slated for tests on an aircraft carrier later this year ahead of a planned 2025 deployment.

Army Researchers Examine Soldiers’ Brain and Muscle Responses to Smart ‘ExoBoot’ 

One of the end goals is to cut down on training time soldiers need to get acclimated with assistive, wearable technologies. 

General Motors Licenses Neural Network Tech from National Lab

The artificial intelligence-driven system can design thousands of networks in hours instead of years.

Army Launches Autonomous Vehicle Tests in Maryland

Researchers aim to better understand how the self-moving machines respond to real-world challenges.