A convoy of autonomous military trucks drove trough the small town of Fort Hood in Texas.
A convoy of autonomous military trucks drove trough the small town of Fort Hood in Texas. The test run was a joint project of TARDEC and Lockheed Martin with US Central Command, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Combined Arms Support Command.
This trial escort uses the final development stage of Unmanned Mission Module, a technology that features high performance laser-radars and actually controls the vehicles.
The first truck is scaning the road ahead and is measuring the distances by analysing the targets' reflected light. Then UMM takes decisions whether to stop the military vehicle or avoid the obstacles. Other trucks were programed to follow the leader.
While military machines with no drivers seem quite intimidating, this future tech could save many young men's lives.
Detailed technical information can be found at the source link below.