10-4 Good Buddy, Robot Convoys Could Save Lives

10-4 Good Buddy, Robot Convoys Could Save Lives

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Researchers presented the MuCar-3 at the European Land Robot Trial this week in Germany. To the observer, it looks like a normal SUV, but the prototype “autonomous robot car” is outfitted with sensors and scanners, multifocal camera systems and of course powerful computers. They hope that one day it will help to avoid military fatalities from bombings and ambushes.

The MuCar-3 can independently follow a lead car in a military convoy situation, and even stop or back up when the lead car does so. Thus it could keep troops out of harm’s way whenever possible, by reacting in tandem to the lead vehicle and letting troops worry about other things. Let the MuCar-3 move supplies and do other important but mundane tasks that are stressful.

[LA Times]