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By now, cars that drive themselves have become old news. Every time we turn around there's another organization out to wander half the globe with a driverless van or tackle one of the world's most demanding hill climb events with an automated Audi TT. It just never ends. But the guys and gals at Georgia Tech Research Institute have taken things one step further with its Collaborative Unmanned Systems Technology Demonstrator. During a demonstration for the US Army, the school effectively demonstrated how vastly different robotic vehicles could work together. You know, to get us coffee, take over the world or whatever.

As a part of the 2010 Robotic Rodeo, GTRI used two unmanned aerial vehicles to work in coordination with a roboticized Porsche Cayenne. Once airborne, the two RC planes take over everything from navigation and target location.

So what can all this tech do? GTRI says that in one instance, one of the UAVs can locate a target and radio the location back to the UGV, or unmanned ground vehicle, which then navigates around buildings and obstacles to the location. Meanwhile, the second UAV can continue to use its sensors to evaluate the surroundings. Welcome to the new world.

Head over to the GTRI site to learn more about the program.

[Source: GTRI]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I, for one, welcome our new mechanical overlords.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, until it turns into the movie Maximum Overdrive. Combine that with the old song "they're coming to take me away, ha, ha.." and it's like something out of The Terminator. Before it's too late, I say "death to the evil thinking-wheels!".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll really be impressed when they can go to my meetings with our US office on my behalf!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good, but stay far away from my car !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geeze. Unmanned Droids direct live activity on the ground now. Is this a retro page now or what?