DARPA seeks enhanced low-light navigation performance for unmanned systems

A new programme from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to address a key weakness of autonomous and semi-autonomous land systems: the need for active illumination to navigate in low-light conditions.

Unmanned systems rely on active illumination – anything that emits light or electromagnetic radiation, such as light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems – to navigate at night or underground.

DARPA is pursuing improved methods to enable unmanned ground vehicles to navigate accurately in low-light conditions.

However, according to Joe Altepeter, programme manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, this approach creates significant security concerns, as such emissions could be detected by potential adversaries.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/2020/05/15/6e7f918b-899a-4273-b132-ee7c0182f921

A new programme from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to address a key ...

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