The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are seeking to roll out a Lockheed Martin-developed driverless vehicle technology for warfighters to focus on field operations and achieve missions, the Army Times reported Monday.
Joe Gould writes the Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center is set to deploy the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System vehicles in 2025.
The Army aims for the autonomous vehicle to assist troops in monitoring the road track for bombs and performing map reconnaissance, according to the report.
“That’s very doable today, but in a military or unstructured environment, the challenge becomes much more significant,” Paul Rogers, TARDEC director, told the Army Times.
“We’re looking at how to make our systems robust so that they’re able to operate in more of these unstructured environments,” he added. Rogers also told the publication the technology could become an Army program in 2015 and evolve into a system for pulling soldiers out of the vehicle two years after.
Rogers told the Army Times that Lockheed Martin developed AMAS as a vehicle-mounted system to inspect the roads and detect other moving vehicles and civilians by using an integrated radar and lidar technology.