robotic autonomy

  • Meet the bat bot

    New design for autonomous robot takes its inspiration from bat echo-location. Andrew Masterson re...

    Israeli researchers have designed a new type of robot with a navigation system that mimics the echo-location abilitie...

    Technology September 6, 2018
  • Autonomous and cooperating: the dawn of the drone swarm

    Real-world experiments find a solution to the problem of drones working together without supervis...

    Robotics researchers have succeeded in inducing self-organising flocking behaviour in drones.Although demonstrated ma...

    Technology July 18, 2018
  • The 10 “great challenges” for robots

    Moral boundaries are one of the difficulties faced by bots.

    Developing the capacity to make moral decisions is one of the 10 greatest challenges facing robots in the near future...

    Robotics January 31, 2018
  • Lights, cameras, robots

    Robots won’t be truly autonomous until they can cope in every day environments, where unexpected ...

    Your autonomous car is hurtling down a country road when a tractor pulls out of a farm gate in front of you. Are you ...

    Technology November 7, 2017
  • For robots, the future is modular

    “Mergeable nervous systems” can create flexible, self-adapting robots. Michael Lucy reports.

    One mind, one body: most of the time it’s a pretty good rule of thumb, but new developments in robotics may make it o...

    Technology September 12, 2017
  • Bat Bot begins: a new agile flying robot for disaster zones

    Forget R2-D2: this is B2, a carbon-fibre skeleton covered by a stretched silicone ‘wing’ membrane...

    Bat Bot: a new, extremely flexible flying robot.Ramezani, Chung, Hutchinson, Sci. Robot. 2, eaal2505 (2017)Of the ple...

    Technology February 1, 2017
  • Putting machines in the driver’s seat

    Self-driving cars: A machine behind the wheel is more ethical.

    Credit: Jeffrey PhillipsLast September, Uber, the app-based ride service, rolled out a small fleet of self-driving ...

    Society January 22, 2017
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