Georgia Tech's Rotorcraft Center of Excellence is developing guidance technologies to allow unmanned aerial vehicles to fly more efficiently and safely.
Federal installations and universities are test beds for implementing autonomous vehicles in public environments.
Researchers at the University of Denver's Unmanned Systems Research Institute have developed 'sense and avoid' technology for unmanned aerial vehicles – a phased-array radar system that weighs only 12 ounces.
The attributes of precision, repetition and scale make robots ideal for tackling one of the country's biggest economic challenges: maintaining the deteriorating infrastructure of the U.S. highway system.
As robots have gotten more sophisticated and their costs have dropped, they are now taking on new roles in the broader civilian government workspace.
Although robots are not yet "smart," a new breed is emerging that can reach out and manipulate its environment in routines so precise and synchronized that a form of electronic intelligence seems to be at work.
Robonaut's new legs have prehensile feet, which will give it an edge over humans, letting it climb ladders while its hands are free to work or hold objects.
A team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reprogrammed a furniture-building robot to test the hoses that hydrogen-powered vehicles will use when refueling.