U.S. Navy to Test Firefighting Robot

The U.S. Navy will be testing its anthropomorphic firefighting robot this summer on a decommissioned amphibious landing ship.

The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) is designed to aid in fire suppression on ship fires and provide situation awareness, and is to be able to interact with human firefighters aboard vessels--meaning they are to be able to interpret and understand human gestures and language.

Ars Technica reports (http://bit.ly/1gqzxk2)  that the robots--designed by researchers at UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech--will use the same firefighting technology and equipment as humans and are designed to overcome some of the same challenges posed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge--going places humans can’t, using general-purpose tools designed for humans, and so on.

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