Unmanned Systems Technology 010 | nuTonomy driverless taxi | Embedded computing | HFE International marine powertrain | Space vehicles | Performance monitoring | Commercial UAV Show Asia report

3 October/November 2016 | Contents Unmanned Systems Technology | October/November 2016 04 Intro A pedal-powered submarine exemplifies the pioneering ethos that characterises unmanned systems 06 Platform one: Mission-critical info VTOL-quadcopter UAV uses one set of motors for both lift and forward thrust, Lidars become smaller and more cost-effective, chip for autonomous vehicles puts safety first, and much more 20 In conversation: Bobby Hambrick The CEO of AutonomouStuff explains his company’s central role in the burgeoning driverless vehicles market 26 Digest: nuTonomy driverless taxi We explain what went into the development of this autonomous cab, a fleet of which has become the first to undergo public trials 32 Focus: Embedded computing Our guide to the range of board-level computing solutions and standards for autonomous systems 40 Round-up: UAV-related patents The pick of this year’s registered unmanned systems concepts from the industry’s most creative minds 46 Dossier: HFE H70 marine powertrain Development details behind the transformation of a small- displacement marine four-stoke to suit the needs of an autonomous buoy  58 Insight: Unmanned space vehicles Space is becoming a proving ground for autonomous systems technology, which is also boosting our efforts to explore and exploit the Solar System 66 Focus: Performance monitoring Monitoring the performance of an unmanned platform is vital to its efficiency and reliability – and at the heart of that is an array of sensors 74 Show report: CUAV Asia We report from this annual exhibition in Singapore on some of the latest innovations in unmanned solutions for the public and private sectors 82 PS: Social robots Details on a new AI-based concept aimed at allowing a humanoid robot to carry out almost any task using knowledge gained from its environment 26 06 46 58 20