Autonomous robots ready for cave search and rescue missions

PITTSBURGH (AP) – After practicing at a former limestone mine and abandoned hospital outside of Pittsburgh, a Carnegie Mellon University robotic fleet travels to Kentucky to test the ability to autonomously navigate an unsafe, underground course.

The Challenge: Collect as many objects as you can in an hour as you navigate a Louisville, Kentucky cave.

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The goal: to create autonomous robots that help with search and rescue missions for the military and first aiders.

The trick: There is only one operator and a fleet that could contain a dozen robots, so the machines have to be able to move and make decisions on their own.


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