Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
The construction industry is ushering in a new line of equipment this new year. Whether it’s investigating a leaky roof or scouting out an entire complex of buildings for future removal, drones are saving time and money.
The software startup announced it has raised $47 million in its latest funding round. The startup, which develops autonomous systems that could be used in vehicles from taxis to freight trucks, said the funding will speed up commercial deployment of its software platform.
Researchers slap a living antenna on a drone to give the machine an insanely keen sense of smell, which is being dubbed “Smellicopter”. Researchers are measuring the electrical signals produced by the antennae to sense odors like those associated with bombs.
The U.S. Navy is expected to complete its fleet of “Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles” by September of next year. These unmanned submarines will be capable of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and strike missions.