Increasing Human Potential

Unmanned Systems are transforming our lives

Read the latest on how unmanned systems or intelligent robots are helping researchers, public entities and corporations in ways previously impossible.

Increasing Human Potential

Unmanned systems increase our human potential.They enable us to execute dangerous and difficult tasks safely and efficiently, saving lives.

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Pima Community College (PCC) and TuSimple have announced the launch of the first autonomous driving certificate program for truck drivers.

Known as the “Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist” certificate program, the program will provide truck drivers with the knowledge and skills needed to expand their roles in the industry, as it prepares individuals for a variety of jobs including training the autonomous system as test drivers, operating the vehicle in situations where autonomous driving is not suitable and to remotely monitor the system from a command center.

Engineers from Draper and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are collaborating to create a small climbing robot that could be used for search and rescue operations in high-risk environments.

Inspired by the movements of insects, the robots, known as microrobots, are designed to be just one centimeter in size, and are expected to be capable of object manipulation, jumping and climbing up walls—all autonomously.

The Draper and Harvard team also plans on adding built-in smart sensors with the capability to alert the bots to their body position, self-movement and environment.

Starsky Robotics wants to make trucks self-driving on the highway and remote-controlled by people when they are off the highway. Photo: Starsky Robotics

When it comes to self-driving vehicles, cars seem to get most of the publicity but many new and established players are seeking to transform commercial trucking by developing auto

A last-mile logistics and automation startup called Boxbot is reimagining the way e-commerce packages and other shipments are delivered to consumers with its new last-mile delivery system featuring self-driving vehicles.

With the continuous growth of the e-commerce market, Boxbot says that its last-mile system helps delivery companies, retailers and other shippers better manage that growth, and reduce costs, by acting as a local extension of their delivery networks.

With a focus on 21 oyster reefs near Edgewater, Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have partnered to develop methodologies for remotely mapping regions that are difficult, and expensive, to monitor on site.

The goal of the research is to utilize UAS to collect different types of information while surveying the reefs, without ever visiting the locations in person.

If the project is successful, it would represent progress, signaling a clear change in the way environmental data has traditionally been collected, according to Dr. Dan Macchiarella, professor of Aeronautical Science.

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On Tuesday, May 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a Public Safety small UAS program in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

The approval comes after two years of work by a county UAS Work Group, which was formed in May 2017, and a UAS Task Force, which was created in fall 2018.

Through the program, UAS will be used to deliver relevant high-quality imagery, data and customized geospatial solutions. This will provide several entities including the Office of Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue, Police and Sheriff with an “enhanced level of operational capability, safety and situational awareness.”