Weekend Roundup



X47B unmanned aircraft system, which the Navy plans to refuel mid-air in the next few weeks. Photo: Northrop Grumman Corp.
Antipoaching engine that will predict the most likely areas to monitor for poaching. Photo: Air Shepard.

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including a Google patent for robot personalities, the Navy’s unmanned aerial refueling plans and an unmanned aircraft antipoaching program in Africa.

Google filed a patent that will enable downloading and customization of robot personalities stored in the cloud, which can be used for applications like representing deceased family members. (Newsweek)

Audi selected Delphi, an automotive company that recently completed a cross-country driverless car trip, to provide technology bundling for the car manufacturer’s self-driving features. (Bloomberg)

Within the next few weeks, the Navy will perform an aerial refueling of the X-47B unmanned aircraft out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. (Millitary.com)

The North Dakota Senate followed the House’s decision in passing a bill limiting unmanned aircraft systems use for law enforcement. The bill does not allow law enforcement to establish probable cause solely by using UAS. (Grand Forks Herald)

Air Shepard is using drones paired with supercomputing for rhino and elephant antipoaching applications in Africa and are already saving 12 rhinos a month. (Network Computing)

Robokind’s Milo robot will help teach autistic children about a wide range of social interactions and has shown to be more effective than humans. (KCCI News)

NASA and the European Space Agency have started work on a joint project that will aim to shoot a speeding spacecraft at a small asteroid to gain an understanding of deflection strategies. (Discovery News)

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