Navy's Autonomous Swarmboats Can Prevent Attacks & Overwhelm Adversaries

A first-of-its-kind technology under development by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to protect Navy ships and autonomously 'swarm' offensively on hostile vessels. The technology is called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing) and it can be put into a transportable kit and installed on almost any boat. It allows boats to operate autonomously, without a Sailor physically needing to be at the controls - including operating in sync with other unmanned vessels; choosing their own routes; swarming to stop enemy vessels; and protecting naval assets.