The US Army is developing a Robomod for autonomous armored vehicles
One of the most important areas of modernization of the US Army is the creation of unmanned combat vehicles working in conjunction with traditional controlled. However, the developers are faced with significant problems, since the two -dimensional “picture”, which is seen by ground drones, is much more complicated than the one with which air UAVs deal.
In the exclusive issue of the Breaking Defense publication, the US Army Center for Tubmarine Vehicles said that it has a set of hardware and software, which is able to convert manhed vehicles into unmannedly. And it has already been tested for more than 20 different vehicles, from Humvee to outdated BTR M113.
Within the framework of this concept, the US Army is developing a combat vehicle with an optional pilot (OMFV), which can replace the BM2 Bradley BMP. It is assumed that in some cases OMFV will act without a crew. The army also intends to acquire unmanned trucks and other vehicles that free people from hard work and dangerous situations in a combat situation.
The main problem is ground drones thoroughly “get stuck” in a two -dimensional landscape, littered with obstacles: boulders or various tank “traps” that need to be detected, evaluated and then overcome. All this is an order of magnitude more complicated than for an air drone, which moves in three-dimensional volume without any obstacles.
The US Army emphasizes that army vehicles do not teach their own operations, at least for now. The final decision to destroy the goal is always made by a person.