The underwater battle for robot supremacy is heating up.
This week alone, while 32 teams are duking it out for an underwater robotic supremacy title on the West coast, across the pond two European research teams announced breakthroughs in propulsion and sensing tech on the path to deep-sea domination.
Counter-terrorism missions, underwater de-mining, and search and rescue operations are just a few potential uses military. But beyond defense and security, underwater robots are increasingly used in civilian life, monitoring environmental damage and investigating deep sea animal and plant life, for example.
Battle beneath the waves
Young engineers from the U.S. and around the world are competing to build underwater robotic vehicles that can operate on their own — no human pilot required.