The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Assured Autonomy programme has concluded its first phase, with progress made on air, land, and underwater demonstration platforms, the agency announced on 29 January.
The Assured Autonomy effort aims to develop formal safety assurances for the rapidly developing autonomous domain. While there have been huge advances in the modelling, sensing, computing, and other technologies needed for autonomous systems to operate, DARPA noted that there has not been similar progress in assuring their safe and correct operation due mainly to a reliance on data-driven machine learning (ML) technologies, which DARPA states "are inherently unpredictable and lack the necessary mathematical framework to provide guarantees on correctness".
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