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Army Demos Modular Detection, Response System Robots; Chuck Shoemaker Comments

Helicopter-RadarThe U.S. Army has tested autonomous robots to show how unmanned systems interact with and help commanders establish beyond line-of-sight communications.

Two modular detection and response system robots performed autonomous navigation during the demonstration at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, the Army said Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center monitored the robots and confirmed that the radios facilitated a communications relay.

Chuck Shoemaker, lead for autonomous systems at CERDEC, said the demonstration aims to create plans using mission command applications and direct unmanned ground vehicles to perform various functions.

The demonstration is part of a broader effort to develop new laser imagining and detection systems.

“It’s important to have sensor LIDARS on the vehicle to ensure minimal latency and detect obstacles in field of view for robot and ensure maneuvers around the obstacles,” Shoemaker added.

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