The US Coast Guard recently conducted a series of tests to evaluate the performance and potential applications of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). The tests, which took place over a 30-day demonstration period, were conducted in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii.
According to the US Coast Guard, the focus of the test was to explore how current and emerging technologies might be used to enhance maritime domain awareness in remote regions. The test explored ways USVs equipped with assorted sensor capabilities might support the Coast Guard’s missions ranging from search and rescue to law enforcement.
“It’s clear that autonomous technology is a growing industry, and has great potential to enhance Coast Guard operations,” said Cmdr. Blair Sweigart, the demonstration’s director from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center. “Combined with artificial intelligence algorithms, unmanned systems could be a game changer.” Read on.