By Mike Deliman
In a continuing thread of discussions on LinkedIn, we've been talking
about robotic craft moving from military use into more common civilian
use. Though many have taken the discussion to be focused on flight,
I've deliberately taken a much wider view, defining the word "vehicle"
to mean "anything that moves." By that definition, the Roomba Vacuum is
an unmanned autonomous vehicle.
Some would say I take liberties with my definition. I do. I'm an
engineer who's worked with customers who create rather sophisticated
robotic systems, so I feel perhaps I've earned a little liberty there.