Researchers at Cornell University are developing a system to connect camera robots, drones, and smart cameras so they can share information easily and interpret the details they see.
The machines could do jobs too dangerous for humans, such as disposing of landmines, cleaning up after a nuclear meltdown, or surveying hurricane or flood damage, Cornell's report said.
"Once you have robots that cooperate, you can do all sorts of things," said Killian Weinberger, one of the project's collaborators.
"We are trying to teach robots to follow things of interest, like people, cars, and animals, and to reason about what they are seeing, what kind of activity is happening, and what the agent might be doing next," Silvia Ferrari, the research team's leader, told Recode.
Making the robots more autonomous is the goal, Ferrari added.
Roving robot surveillance is still a work in progress, with a lot of work left to do, Ferrari said. A working demonstration should be ready sometime in the next three years, Recode reported.
Early tests will happen on the Cornell campus, using research robots to use surveillance on crowded areas, the report said.
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