Students, robots as busy and efficient as bees at Virginia Western event | The Roanoke TImes

The challenges of coaxing a small, quirky robot along a ping-pong-table-sized course were readily apparent at Saturday’s Worker Bots contest.

Held at Virginia Western Community College, Worker Bots was the 11th annual autonomous robot competition put on by the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It attracted 29...Read More »


Manta ray robot takes to the pool – and maybe soon the sea | New Atlas

Manta rays swim through the water with a flying motion, allowing them to travel quickly with little effort, while also being quite agile. These are qualities that would likewise be desirable in an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV. To that end, scientists from the National University of Singapore have...Read More »


Local businesses are at the forefront of the developing robotics world | C-ville

For years, Charlottesville has been quietly becoming a leading tech hub in Virginia and on the East Coast. Meet three of the businesses and programs that are spearheading the charge into the growing field of robotics.

Perrone Robotics

Crozet residents are aware that big things are happening in their...Read More »


Battlefield internet technologies, interconnected robots focus of new Army programs | EurekAlert

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 4, 2017) – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently announced the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania as lead research organizations for two enterprise research programs that will address challenges the military faces in internet-connected, robot-rich congested and contested battlefields.

Through its Internet of...Read More »


The Army is working on combat-deployable robots | DefenseNews

Unmanned vehicles in ground combat units will likely first serve in resupply, transport and other logistics-based roles, said a lead Army Research Laboratory researcher.

Stuart Young, head of ARL’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance project, told audience members at the...Read More »


MathWorks Advisory Board 2017

On October 12, MathWorks will hold its annual customer advisory meeting between MathWorks senior development managers, application engineers, and key customers at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC.

This once-a-year program is a highly interactive event featuring a full day of presentations plus a technical showcase. This year, Chris Portal, senior engineering...Read More »


House passes law to accelerate adoption of self-driving technology | ars technica

The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to streamline rules governing self-driving cars. The legislation passed unanimously in a voice vote.

In a highly polarized era, the debate over self-driving cars has been remarkable for its lack of ideological divisions. Self-driving technology is advancing rapidly in Detroit and Silicon Valley, and...Read More »


Robotic lawn mowers have arrived in Southwest Virginia | Richmond Times-Dispatch

CHRISTIANSBURG — Honda’s new robotic lawn mower buzzed around a patch of grass in front of Power Zone on Thursday, the only store in Virginia where the device is sold as part of a limited U.S. launch.

“Is it cutting the grass?” a skeptical passerby asked, adding as he walked...Read More »


New law paves way for delivery robots | WRIC

RICHMOND, VA (VCU CNS) – Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous...Read More »


McAuliffe First Governor to Fly in Autonomous Aircraft | sUAS News

The quest for unpiloted air taxi service took a step forward yesterday as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first sitting governor to fly in a fully automated aircraft.  The 8-minute flight took place Thursday following the opening of NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Research Center unmanned aerial systems (UAS) runway...Read More »


This state wants to usurp California as the capital of driverless cars | Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe bounded into the spare offices of a start-up incubator to make a rapid-fire pronouncement: He will spend the last nine months of his term trying to make Virginia “the capital of automated vehicles.”

It was his economic development-meets-standup routine, and the commonwealth’s salesman in chief had industry leader...Read More »


DOT Issues Autonomous Vehicle Policy | Inside Unmanned Systems

The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) released its Federal Automated Vehicle Policy Tuesday, detailing safety and regulatory requirements for testing and implementing self-driving technology.

The much-anticipated policy uses a 15-point safety assessment to set expectations for autonomous vehicle researchers and manufacturers. The assessment asks automakers to opt-in to data sharing when testing...Read More »


Virginia Tech planning 300-acre 'automation park' to test drones, self-driving cars | The Roanoke Times

Blacksburg’s Virginia Tech Transportation Institute plans to build a 300-acre test bed for drones and self-driving cars that would look like a movie set, but aim to replicate real-world driving and flying conditions for scientists.

The Virginia Automation Park would have street signs, stoplights, roundabouts, curves, hills and even portable buildings...Read More »