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Thanks to a five-year, $27 million government grant from a United States Army Research Laboratory program that seeks to advance robotic technology, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania will develop a team of autonomous, specialized and resilient robots for the United States military.

One of the researchers for this project, Electrical and Systems Engineering Chair George Pappas, says that this research is unique because its focus will be on specialized teams of robots, instead of individual robots.

These robots will also be able to learn from one another in unknown environments.

During ASIS 2017, Sharp Electronics' Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) was named “New Product of the Year for Outdoor Perimeter Protection” by Security Today magazine, and the A-UGV also received the “Security Solutions Award for Security Monitoring” by Security Sales & Integration.

These industry honors come a year after the Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV officially launched during ASIS International 2016.

Being that personnel are still responsible for manually loading and unloading cargo from an air vehicle for cargo missions today, the U.S. Navy has tasked RE2 Robotics with developing an Autonomous Robotic Cargo Handling (ARCH) system.

This system will be demonstrated in concurrence with the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) equipped UH-1H Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA), which will provide the ability to deliver supplies autonomously.


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Autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica has announced the completion of a £14 million (more than $18.5 million USD) investment, which will be used to support the “next stage of its growth strategy,” the company says.

According to Oxbotica, the investment will be used to further accelerate its sustained growth, which has already seen it generate “significant” revenues, the company says, from an international customer base. Some of the company’s customers include well-known businesses in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, construction, logistics and mining.

Oxbotica’s software has been utilized for several “industry-leading projects” that are testing the future application of autonomy, including with Ocado, at Heathrow Airport in Longford, England, and on major city streets.

The US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division has selected Sonardyne Inc.’s underwater target tracking technology to use at its South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF).

Described as the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world, Carderock Division is the US Navy’s research, engineering, modeling, and test center for surface and undersea technologies. Located close to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s SFOMF offers a “demanding open ocean test environment” for subsea systems and UUVs being developed for the Navy, as well as the wider maritime industry. 

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