2016-07-15 (hz): Service robots are a hype, not just to substitute bees or to transplant hair. In Dallas, Texas, the Andros Mark V-A1 remotely controlled robot by Remotec (part of Northrop Grumman) was used to carry a bomb to kill the killer of five policemen. Originally, the robot was designed for the opposite: to remove explosive and dangerous material such as bombs. We don’t know if this robot is equipped with an embedded CAN network (the company has not answered our inquiry).
Similar robots in Europe use CAN networks, e.g. the explosive ordnance robot by Cobham (formerly: Telerob) and the PIAP Gryf robot made in Poland. Carrying bombs is not a new idea: torpedos do it and also the Goliath tracked mine used in the World War II.
[2016-07-14] 95 % of the ocean is still unexplored: it’s a hard environment to survive in. Building an autonomous underwater vehicle that explores and interacts with the ocean environment is a challenging task, but CAN communication can help.