February 1, 2014

...AND CHEAPER...:

Self-driving cars? How about a self-driving military convoy. : The US Army and Lockheed Martin recently put on a demonstration of a self-driving convoy of military trucks.  (Matthew Shaer,  January 31, 2014, CS Monitor)

Or trucks: At a demonstration earlier this month at Fort Hood, in Texas, the Army and defense contractor Lockheed Martin showed off what they called a "fully autonomous" convoy of armored vehicles, which are aimed - as Lockheed Martin puts it - "at completely removing the Soldier from the cab." 

In a press release, Lockheed Martin said that the trucks that had successfully passed a battery of tests that included "navigating hazards and obstacles such as road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled and passing vehicles, pedestrians and traffic circles in both urban and rural test areas." 

"We are very pleased with the results of the demonstration, because it adds substantial weight to the Army's determination to get robotic systems into the hands of the warfighter," said Bernard Theisen, of the Army's Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. 



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