BLUFThe contract is to design and test military autonomous ground vehicles that the military can use for reconnaissance, surveillance, and 'other high-risk missions', including travel over complex and rough terrain.
Simon Druker writing in UPI makes the following points:
- The contract is part of the U.S. Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle program.
- The DIU aims to use commercial technology for military use quickly.
- $50 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defence to design and test autonomous vehicles.
- The U.S. Army and Clemson University are working on converting Bradley tanks and armoured personnel carriers to autonomous use.
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References from the Web:
- DEC 2022 Kodiak wins contract to help US Army build autonomous vehicles-Army Technology
- DEC 2022 US Army Awards Contract for Ground Reconnaissance Vehicle Automation-Unmanned Systems Technology