Robotic Boats to the Rescue

DARPA's Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform aims to develop modular technologies and systems that leverage globally used International Organization for Standardization (ISO) shipping containers. The vision is to enable humanitarian assistance and disaster relief over broad coastal areas without dependence on local infrastructure, using unmodified commercial container-ships - freeing military ships to carry out other military missions. University of Pennsylvania engineering professors Vijay Kumar and Mark Yim are leading a team working on the early stages of the project. This is a simulation, showing possible uses for these robotic boats.