The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boston Dynamics tested an autonomous robot on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Sept. 10 2012
Robotics: How machines see the world | Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can? For most of us, distinguishing an average-sized adult from a five-inch-high aluminium can isn’t a difficult task. But to an autonomous robot, they can both look the same. Confused? So are the robots.
A major challenge in outdoor mobile robotics is the classification of navigable and non-navigable terrain. The variability of the environment, which is caused by different types of trail surfaces, fuzzy road boundaries, and many distinct illumination conditions, pose great difficulties for reliable sensor data interpretation. In addition, autonomous robot navigation at higher velocities requires data interpretation to happen close to or at real-time.