Intelligent Systems Reference Library

Developments and Challenges for Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles

A Compendium

Authors: Finn, Anthony, Scheding, Steve

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  • Covers all recent research on autonomous unmanned vehicles
  • Presents developments and challenges for autonomous unmanned vehicles in a well organized style
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It is widely anticipated that autonomous vehicles will have a transformational impact on military forces and will play a key role in many future force structures. As a result, many tasks have already been identified that unmanned systems could undertake more readily than humans. However, for this to occur, such systems will need to be agile, versatile, persistent, reliable, survivable and lethal. This will require many of the vehicles ‘cognitive’ or higher order functions to be more fully developed, whereas to date only the ‘component’ or physical functions have been successfully automated and deployed.

The book draws upon a broad range of others’ work with a view to providing a product that is greater than the sum of its parts. The discussion is intentionally approached from the perspective of improving understanding rather than providing solutions or drawing firm conclusions. Consequently, researchers reading this book with the hope of uncovering some novel theory or approach to automating an unmanned vehicle will be as disappointed as the capability planner who anticipates a catalogue of technical risks and feasibility options against his favoured list of component technologies and potential applications. Nevertheless, it is hoped that both will at least learn something of the other’s world and that progress will ensue as a result.

For the defence policy and decision maker, this is a "must-read" book which brings together an important technology summary with a considered analysis of future doctrinal, legal and ethical issues in unmanned and autonomous systems. For research engineers and developers of robotics, this book provides a unique perspective on the implications and consequences of our craft; connecting what we do to the deployment and use of the technology in current and future defence systems.
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $159.00
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Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-26270-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Developments and Challenges for Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles
Book Subtitle
A Compendium
Authors
Series Title
Intelligent Systems Reference Library
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-10704-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-10704-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-10703-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26270-8
Series ISSN
1868-4394
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
230
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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