Wednesday, December 09, 2015

US Army Tests Unmanned Ground Vehicles as Communication Links

Army engineers demonstrated autonomous robots as part of a teaming effort to evolve natural interaction between Soldiers and autonomous systems during an exercise here, Nov. 2-3.

This interaction allows for one Soldier to use numerous unmanned systems, which require neither dedicated operators nor significant cognitive burden on the part of commanders.

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Technology Enhancements in Autonomous Machines, or C-TEAM, was rapidly initialized to focus on the single mid-term exercise. The team used two Modular Detection and Response System, or MDARS, robots for the demonstration.

The demonstration incorporated a tactical scenario to show relevance of how this capability can be integrated into a mission to benefit the Soldier.

The two MDARS navigated autonomously to their destinations while the C-TEAM followed in a chase vehicle, and engineers verified that the r
Radios provided a communications relay by watching the video streams from each vehicle and sending it back to the commander vehicle via a radio network.

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