Autonomous Vehicles


Autonomous vehicle helped locate 'holy grail of shipwrecks' off Colombia

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San Jose, which was considered the "holy grail of shipwrecks," was located with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle An autonomous vehicle was used in 2015 to locate a Spanish galleon that sunk 300 years ago off the coast of Colombia with $17 billion in treasure, the research team that helped in the discovery said on Monday. The San Jose, which was considered the "holy grail of shipwrecks," was located with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The institution said it was holding the discovery under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government. REMUS 6000 being deployed off the Colombian Navy research ship ARC Malpelo. The treasure--which includes of gold, silver and emeralds-- has been the subject of legal battles between several nations as well as private companies.


Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

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WASHINGTON – Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and -- thinking they were soon to die -- wrote messages home to their loved ones. The video, released by the Pentagon with explanatory narration, includes more than 10 minutes of drone footage, file tape and animation that wasn't made public last week when the military released a portion of the final report on the October attack. The video depicts for the first time the harrowing hours as troops held off their enemy and waited for rescue. There were 46 U.S. and Nigerien troops out on the initial mission in the west African nation, going after but failing to find a high-value militant, then collecting intelligence at a site where the insurgent had been.


US Army starts work on future attack-recon helicopter

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The Army is now crafting early requirements for what is expected to be a new attack helicopter -- beyond the Apache -- with superior weapons, speed, maneuverability, sensor technology and vastly-improved close-combat attack capability. "We know that in the future we are going to need to have a lethal capability, which drives us to a future attack reconnaissance platform. The Apache is the world's greatest but there will come a time when we look at leap ahead technology," Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told a small group of reporters. A future attack-reconnaissance helicopter, now in its conceptual phase, is a key part of a wide-spanning, multi-aircraft Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. FVL seeks a family of next-generation aircraft to begin emerging in the 2030s, consisting of attack, utility and heavy-class air assets.


Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in Arizona crash was in manual mode at time of incident

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Raw video shows a car jumping the median and colliding with a Waymo self-driving minivan. A Waymo-operated autonomous minivan involved in an accident in Chandler, Ariz., last week was being driven in manual mode when it was hit by an out of control vehicle. The Chrysler Pacifica equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology was struck by a Honda Civic heading in the opposite direction that had swerved to avoid a third car that had run a red light. Video from the Waymo shows the Honda crossing the median and heading straight for the van, which it hit in the driver's side fender. Police initially reported that the minivan was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, but later confirmed that it was being driven manually by the Waymo employee on board.


Waymo releases dash cam video of autonomous vehicle involved in crash

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Raw video shows a car jumping the median and colliding with a Waymo self-driving minivan. Video was released Friday showing a car jumping a median and colliding with a Google-owned Waymo self-driving minivan in Arizona. Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state. Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver's seat.


Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in crash in Arizona

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Less than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian, police in Arizona are investigating another autonomous car crash, this time involving a vehicle operated by Google-owned Waymo. Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver's seat. Chandler Police say injuries were minor and that both the Waymo and Honda were towed from the scene. The incident is still under investigation.


Hawaii volcano eruption sends lava into residential area, prompting evacuations

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, May 3, 2018, prompting nearby residents to evacuate from their homes. Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano erupted Thursday, sending red molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. Volcano officials couldn't predict how long the eruption could last, prompting Hawaii's Gov. David Ige to activate the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter. Drone video from above the lava outbreak in Leilani Estates on Hawaii Island shows roads, homes near the path of destruction. Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road.


Sharks, crocodile spotted feasting on whale in 'rare' drone video

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Sharks and a saltwater crocodile went on a feeding frenzy about a mile off the coast of Western Australia. Sharks and a saltwater crocodile went on a feeding frenzy about a mile off the coast of Western Australia -- and the "rare" event was caught on tape. A drone captured the predators feasting side-by-side on a 16-foot hump-back whale carcass floating near a sandbar off Montgomery Reef. It was the first time sharks and a croc had been documented foraging together. Dr. Austin Gallagher, chief scientist and CEO of Beneath the Waves, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization working to protect the world's oceans, says he's been studying sharks for more than a decade but he'd never seen anything quite like this.


'Adversaries' jamming Air Force gunships in Syria, Special Ops general says

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The head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command said Wednesday that Air Force gunships, needed to provide close air support for American commandos and U.S.-backed rebel fighters in Syria, were being "jammed" by "adversaries." Calling the electronic warfare environment in Syria "the most aggressive" on earth, Air Force Gen. Tony Thomas told an intelligence conference in Tampa that adversaries "are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc." Thomas' remarks, which were first reported by the website The Drive, come on the heels of reports that Russian forces are jamming U.S. surveillance drones flying over the war-torn nation. An Air Force AC-130 gunship was among the U.S. military aircraft used to kill dozens of Russian mercenaries in Syria in early February. The Pentagon said the mercenaries attacked an outpost manned by American commandos and U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters. Wednesday was not the first time General Thomas has been so forthcoming about Syria in a public setting.


US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

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AGADEZ, Niger – On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region. Niger Air Base 201 is expected to be functional early next year. The base, a few miles outside Agadez and built at the request of Niger's government, will eventually house fighter jets and MQ-9 drones transferred from the capital Niamey. The drones, with surveillance and added striking capabilities, will have a range enabling them to reach a number of West and North African countries. Few knew of the American military's presence in this desperately poor, remote West African country until October, when an ambush by Islamic State group-linked extremists killed four U.S. soldiers and five Nigeriens.