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Chinese military launches robotic underwater vehicles

Mobility & Transport

The unmanned underwater vehicles are part of the Chinese government's plan to expand the country's naval power using AI technology.

Artificial intelligence is boosting the way in which technology works. The addition of AI improves the functionality of day-to-day items and methods and is applicable to almost every industry. Springwise has covered a breadth of AI implementations, demonstrating its various potential uses. An AI-powered app created by a Singapore startup rewards shoppers for Instagram posts. Elsewhere, new AI music software allows anyone to compose, customise and produce original music content.

China’s Shenyang Institute of Automation is also currently developing a fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that utilise artificial intelligence (AI). The diesel-electric machines are ideal for working with little or no human interaction. Despite this, their main purpose is not to replace the need for humans operating submarine services. The project is part of the Chinese government’s plan to expand the country’s naval power using AI technology. When first deployed, the machines will complete simple tasks to ensure a complete success rate.

The current UUVs models are small. This means they will need to deploy from a larger vessel. However small the model may be, it still has the capacity to carry for large sized freight meaning missiles or torpedoes. AI is integrated into the vehicles to help them navigate the ocean. The intelligence technology is also used to help the UUVs operate for months at a time, changing route and depth of travel to avoid detection. Importantly, it can even distinguish between military and civilian vessels. Some are saying that the creation is a reaction to similar weapons development in the US. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are both working on prototypes.




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