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Mark Mazzara: Army Works Toward Combat Vehicle Autonomy

army vehicleThe U.S. Army looks to use open interoperability profiles to develop an autonomous technology for tactical ground vehicles, the Army News Service reported Monday.

Lisa Ferdinando reports Mark Mazzara, robotics interoperability lead at the Army’s program executive office for combat support and combat service support, has offered a three-phase approach for the military service to implement a driverless platform.

The process would cover the development of safety, assistance and autonomy technologies, Mazzara said during a National Defense Industrial Association-hosted panel discussion last week.

“When you start looking at the midterm, five to 10 years, we start talking about tapping into external systems,” Mazarra told his audience.

“In the far term, we start talking about more ubiquitous interoperability between the robots and external systems,” he added.

Ferdinando said the Army will have to update existing vehicle hardware, software and payloads as well as adopt modular, standardized and intelligent behavior systems in order to build autonomous ground vehicles.

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