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Curiosity Goes Autonomous For the First Time

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the makes-a-break-for-mons-olympus dept.

Mars 32

Zothecula writes "NASA took the metaphorical training wheels off the Mars rover Curiosity on Tuesday, as the unmanned explorer took its first drive using autonomous navigation. It used its onboard cameras and software to select and drive over an area of ground that mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California couldn't see and vet beforehand. This capability allows the nuclear-powered rover to negotiate the most direct route to Mount Sharp rather than having to detour to find routes that can be seen directly by Curiosity before entering, so they can be analyzed by mission control."

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Without human input... (5, Interesting)

barlevg (2111272) | about a year ago | (#44717829)

might we be able to find out what makes Curiosity... curious?

I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44717911)

Because we all know what Curiosity does to cats.

Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (0)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about a year ago | (#44717985)

Because we all know what Curiosity does to cats.

Yes, but curiosity is a rover.

Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (-1)

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Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44718145)

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Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (2)

Tarlus (1000874) | about a year ago | (#44718609)

Yes, but curiosity is a rover.

It's a dog, then?

Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#44718985)

So then it is a cat [wikia.com] .

Re:I hope it doesn't encounter any Martian felines (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44719369)

Because we all know what Curiosity does to cats.

Sells them to Schrodinger......or not.

Re:Without human input... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44718909)

I wished Nasa stopped using stripper names for its cpu-on-wheels.

Re:Without human input... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44719521)

Well, I wish that the Chinese ladies at the PCB manufacturer stopped using stripper names.
Somehow it doesn't feel right to be informed that "Candy" was looking for me regarding a purchase.

Re:Without human input... (1)

slick7 (1703596) | about a year ago | (#44721399)

might we be able to find out what makes Curiosity... curious?

First autonomy, then rebellion.

Hey! (4, Funny)

mdsolar (1045926) | about a year ago | (#44718007)

Don't drive on my ancestor you nuclear freak!

Run for the hills my martian brethren! (4, Interesting)

arcite (661011) | about a year ago | (#44718055)

The mechanical beast has been set free! An unstoppable nuclear powered thinking mind, with a lust for martian blood!

Re:Run for the hills my martian brethren! (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | about a year ago | (#44718305)

I'll believe it when I hear the late-breaking news from the Council.

Re:Run for the hills my martian brethren! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44718729)

There is an unsettling lack of missives from the high council on this front.

Re:Run for the hills my martian brethren! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44718503)

And it even has a fricken laser!

But how will it interact with other traffic? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#44718123)

And what if it's going the wrong way across a bridge?

Re:But how will it interact with other traffic? (1)

zztong (36596) | about a year ago | (#44718449)

And what if it's going the wrong way across a bridge?

TomTom will recalculate its route. Hopefully NASA payed for the updated maps.

Re:But how will it interact with other traffic? (1)

ChrisMaple (607946) | about a year ago | (#44721951)

The past tense of pay is paid.

Re:But how will it interact with other traffic? (1)

vux984 (928602) | about a year ago | (#44718745)

And what if it's going the wrong way across a bridge?

What's the wrong way to cross a bridge? Sideways?

An Earth Projection? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about a year ago | (#44718469)

Maybe we could use this in our cars?

Re:An Earth Projection? (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#44718543)

Right, I want a car that stops periodically to take pictures before driving at walking speed over any perceived obstacle.

Re:An Earth Projection? (4, Funny)

CreatureComfort (741652) | about a year ago | (#44718735)

Better than a car that slows periodically to take pictures before driving at speed over any perceived walkers.

Re:An Earth Projection? (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#44719001)

Well, yes, that's a true statement, although neither of those are realistic options for a city vehicle. There is other work being done on self-driving cars that does not require them to slow down or stop to take pictures and allows them to drive safely at speed. There was an article about work that Nissan is doing just yesterday, and Google's cars have been in the news as well. The point is that the work being done on the rover meets completely different requirements than what are needed for cars that drive on city streets.

Re:An Earth Projection? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720033)

Japanese tourists?

Re:An Earth Projection? (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#44720721)

Right, I want a car that stops periodically to take pictures before driving at walking speed over any perceived obstacle.

That has far more to do with a power budget of 125 watts (2.5 kWh/day) to move 899 kg than a limitation in the autonomous functions. Compare that to say a Tesla Model S with a 85 kWh battery, it uses less power in a month than the Model S on a single charge and it's also got lots of scientific equipment to power as well. Build some supercharger stations on Mars and we'll see entirely different speeds.

Terminators On Mars (1)

DesertJazz (656328) | about a year ago | (#44719365)

Glad to see we've finally unleashed the terminators on Mars!

Just... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44719937)

Just a little robot, minding It's own business, making decisions on It's own on another planet millions and millions of miles away....

It's nothing short of simply mindblowing, the stuff I used to read and dream about as a kid...

Sounds like a good idea (1)

Hazelfield (1557317) | about a year ago | (#44723257)

After all, the human drivers can hardly have taken the most direct route, stopping to draw a penis and all...

NOW there is life on Mars. (1)

thisisauniqueid (825395) | about a year ago | (#44727057)

NOW there is life on Mars.
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