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The Army Is Preparing To Send Driverless Vehicles Into Combat

The U.S. Army is getting ready to send driverless trucks into combat. “Next fall, [the Army’s] ‘Leader-Follower’ technology will enable convoys of autonomous vehicles to follow behind one driven by a human,” reports VICE News. “It’s a direct response to the improvised explosive devices that caused nearly half the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.” From the report: Much of the research and development of these technologies has been done at TARDEC, the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Warren, Michigan. Typically human-driven trucks are outfitted with sensors and cameras through a TARDEC-created applique kit. They’re not exactly robots, just regular military trucks that have been made a lot smarter. The technology is expected to be ready for field use in September 2019.


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