The Defense Advanced Research Agency turns once again to crowdsourcing new technology products it hopes to deploy. This time, DARPA is asking online gamers to test new software for anti-submarine warfare. Information Week reports, the package is called Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) software. It simulates evasive maneuvers by submarines and challenges players to track them. For testing purposes, DARPA has added the software to a gaming package called Dangerous Waters, published by Sonalysts Combat Simulations. It can also be downloaded for free. Last month, DARPA accepted entries for a crowd-sourced design of a new combat vehicle.
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