2011.10.22 21:45

Metrics, Schmetrics! How The Heck Do You Determine A UAV’s Autonomy Anyway?

The recently released DoD Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Roadmap [9] discusses advancements in UAV autonomy in terms of autonomous control levels (ACL).
The ACL chart is the result. We’ve done this via intense discussions with other government labs and industry, and this paper covers the agreed metrics (an extension of the OODA - observe, orient, decide, and act - loop) as well as the precursors, “dead-ends”, and out-and-out flops investigated to get there.