Typically, when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we are talking about Google and major automakers trying to get the tech ready for the roads around the nation. The US military is also looking to a future of autonomous vehicles that will allow convoys to deliver goods through hostile territory without putting soldiers at risk.
Lockheed Martin and the US Army have announced the completion of an autonomous demonstration that has shown the ability for an autonomous convoy to operate in an urban environment. The demonstration used multiple vehicles of different models.
The demonstration happened at Fort Hood, Texas this month as a part of the Army and Marine Corps Autonomous Mobility Applique System program. The demo marked the completion of the Capabilities Advancement Demonstration and involved driverless tactical vehicles navigating hazards.
The vehicles in the demo navigated obstacles like road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled vehicles, and passing vehicles. The demo also faced the autonomous vehicles with pedestrian and traffic circles in urban and rural test areas. The demo proves that the software and hardware needed performed as designed.
SOURCE: Lockheed Martin