Autonomous Systems

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.

COVID-Cleaning Robots, GPS Abnormality Detectors Top DOT’s Small Business Wishlist

The agency is now accepting applications for the first phase of its 2021 SBIR program. 

What The CES All Digital Show Says About the Future

Even in a virtual format, CES offered quite a few interesting nuggets that might hint at future government technology.

The Year Ahead: 3 Predictions From the ‘Father of the Internet’ Vint Cerf

With the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being administered, a return to normal feels within reach but normal will change.

NPS Officials Share Fresh Details on Forthcoming Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot

Yellowstone National Park visitors can catch rides on the autonomous shuttles early next summer.

Soldiers Don’t Trust Robot Battle Buddies. Can Virtual Training Fix That?

Allowing soldiers to train their robot wingmen in game environments could be the key to human-machine teaming.

Self-Driving Shuttles Are Set to Be Deployed at Yellowstone National Park in 2021

The National Park Service is exploring emerging, autonomous technologies through a new pilot program that the public can opt to participate in.