The U.S. Army has demonstrated autonomous convoys of unmanned trucks. The demonstration by the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Lockheed Martin was held at Fort Hood in December.
"The test involved driverless tactical vehicles navigating hazards and obstacles such as road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled and passing vehicles, pedestrians and traffic circles in both urban and rural test areas," said the Lockheed Martin news release.
The test was part of the Army and Marine Corps Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System, which has developed an Unmanned Mission Module that includes a LIDAR laser-ranging sensor and a GPS receiver. The module can be installed on almost any tactical vehicle. For the AMAS demonstration, the kit was installed on M915 trucks and Palletized Loading Vehicle.
The AMAS software "performed exactly as designed, and dealt successfully with all of the real-world obstacles that a real-world convoy would encounter,” said David Simon, AMAS program manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.