Navy Developing and Demonstrating Autonomous Boat Swarms

Published by , January 9, 2017 8:46 am

(Wired) The Office of Naval Research believes autonomous boats can have a major impact on the military’s ocean-going efficiency and effectiveness. And it’s starting with swarms of autonomous boats.
In a demonstration conducted this fall in the lower Chesapeake Bay, a fleet of small, human-free boats collectively patrolled a harbor, detected intruders, and even chased them away from the area they were protecting. The Navy first demonstrated the swarm in 2014, when the vessels were tasked with protecting a single ship. The core system guiding the boats, developed by the Navy and its industrial, academic, and governmental partners over more than a decade, is called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, or CARACaS

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