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For the US Army, the future is in robotics so that it is it is now transforming its fleet of transportable robots to adopt a set of common standards in order to expedite interoperability, autonomy, mission flexibility, as well as modernization.
With their robots now being able to use GPS waypoint technology in traveling from one point to the next, the bots systems are also able to maneuver independently around obstacles and other objects. They have had also been leveraged with systems using software packages for different sensing and missions with greater autonomy.
The Army used some 7,000 robotic systems in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars especially against the threat of IEDs, and they are now building on developments like the use of a design for a common fleet with just a single robotic chassis that can be configured for a wide range of missions.
“Previous robots often had just one capability, used expensive, proprietary software, and required more resources for training and maintenance. That means soldiers can do more while learning and carrying less, and that makes a big difference," says Bryan McVeigh, the Army's project manager for Force Projection.
The Army is turning to Endeavor Robotics in acquiring common robots like Man-Transportable Robotic Systems Increment II, or MTRS Inc II which is medium-sized and lightweight at less than 164 lbs. The system includes a backpackable Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle which can be strapped to a soldier.
There is a migration towards systems that have greater autonomy with rapid advances in computing, processing speed, and next-generation algorithms.
The Army also aims to streamline sustainment and extend the life service of robots, which will also lower expenditures.
They aim to start production in 2019.