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New foresight review on robotics and autonomous systems

25 October, 2016

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has launched its Foresight review of robotics and autonomous systems at the first Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference in London.

Prof Richard Clegg, Foundation chief executive of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation said: “This review looks at robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) through the lens of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. It shows how they are already being used to enhance safety and how these capabilities might grow. Its findings shine a light on the positive contribution robots will make to society, and makes the case for robots that serve a safer world.”

The report looks forward at how developments in the area of RAS might impact the safety and performance of the engineered assets and the infrastructures on which modern society relies. It finds that research and development in RAS is proceeding at pace through public and privately funded programmes predominantly in Europe, Asia and North America. These programmes address much of the sensing, control, planning, embodiment, human interface, and collaboration technologies to realise these new and smarter tools. However, there are some important areas which need addressing if society is to see the safety benefits from the implementation of RAS, and where the Foundation may be well positioned to lead or support other international efforts. These include issues of: openness and sharing; assurance and certification; security and resilience; and of public trust, understanding and skills.

This report is the fifth in a series commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation as part of its emerging technologies research theme.

The Foundation’s publication, Foresight review of robotics and autonomous systems, can be downloaded from the website at:


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