Current Technical Research Issues of Autonomous Robots Employed in Combat
NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The recent upsurge in interest in autonomous robots for combat applications has focused considerable attention on several of the obvious technical issues e.g. target recognition, autonomous navigation, route planning . However, several technical issues exist which remain unapproached and, in some cases, even unacknowledged by the robotics community. This paper explores three such issues 1 robot fault tolerance, 2 robot security and 3 multi-robot coordination. These issues are discussed in terms of the technology limitations and the research issues associated with those limitations. A common message which occurs several times during this discussion denotes the importance in modular implementation and well defined interfaces between subsystems in the development of autonomous combat robots.