Autonomous Systems

DARPA Wants to Produce Invisible Headlights

The agency is exploring how thermal energy might one day enable 3D vision.

Electric Cars Will Challenge State Power Grids

An Energy Department study found that increased electrification across all sectors of the economy could boost national consumption by as much as 38% by 2050.

DARPA Wants Help Developing a ‘Sea Train’ of Unmanned Warships

The Pentagon’s research arm is looking to produce technologies for a new class of long-distance unmanned surface vessels.  

Robotics Researchers Have a Duty to Prevent Autonomous Weapons

Our ever-growing appetite for intelligent, autonomous machines poses a host of ethical challenges.

Weapons Makers Unveil A Herd of Robotanks—As the Army Worries about Battlefield Bandwidth

The U.S. Army is determined to field a mid-sized combat robot vehicle, but the prototypes are outstripping the datalinks that would connect them.

A Clue to the Reason for Women’s Pervasive Car-Safety Problem

Crash-test dummies are typically models of an average man. Women are 73 percent more likely to be injured in a car accident. These things are probably connected.

Collaboration the Key to Resolving Spectrum Skirmishes

Spectrum is limited but it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.

Why Our Government Leaders Must Take the Wheel on Self-Driving Vehicles in 2019—and How They Can Do it

Such vehicles will enable older adults, people with disabilities and people who are housebound to get around with greater ease.

The ‘Driverless Experience’ Looks Awfully Distracting

At CES 2019, carmakers showed off vehicles with perfume-puffing headrests, augmented-reality video displays, and all manner of in-car entertainment.

Uber Is Resuming Self-Driving Car Tests On U.S. Public Roads

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will see autonomous Ubers again.

Finally, the Self-Driving Car

Google’s sister company Waymo built the self-driving car. Now it needs to bring it to life.

The U.S. Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

DARPA-funded drones worked together despite heavy electronic-warfare defenses.

These Drones Can Search and Rescue Without GPS

Traditional technologies don't always work in remote areas of the wilderness.

U.S. Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

Unmanned Black Hawks are coming. The goal is a major flight demonstration next year.