Elements of driverless technology are being inserted into every industry and sector, from consumer vehicles to commercial transportation to mining fleets.
The military is also actively pursuing ways in which ground vehicle operations can be made safer and more efficient with the integration of autonomous solutions. One way in which this is possible is by transforming manned convoys into unmanned operations.
A Smarter Convoy
The military relies on convoys to move people and supplies, typically along vast and sometimes treacherous terrain. Obstacles, enemy combatants, even inclement weather can pose challenges that might stand in the way of a successful convoy deployment. However, artificial intelligence and advanced robotics allow convoys to create improved, safer, and more reliable paths.
ASI’s Autonomous Convoy System (ACS) uses innovative technology that enables convoy vehicles to communicat with one another, relaying information about obstacles, terrain or other unsafe conditions. While numerous technology companies have made investments in autonomous convoy development for military applications, The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) turned to ASI to help advance current autonomous convoy technology.
Our research group has engineered breakthroughs for lateral stability control improvements. This allows leading vehicles to pass information back to followers, which the following vehicles use to improve their path following. We’ve also made advancements in sequential stability, multiple vehicle convoy, and world modeling, as convoys often encounter unmapped territories.
ACS from ASI allows convoys to chart the smartest path to a destination. Autonomous Ground Resupply (AGR) provides another solution for generating better efficiencies. With AGR, troops can go out into the field with autonomous supply vehicles following them. When supplies diminish, the vehicles can return to base and retrieve more of what the field troops need. This saves time and costs, not having to transport human personnel back and forth across possibly dangerous supply lines, allowing them to continue executing their mission.
The advantages ACS yield for military applications can also be transferred to other industries. Convoys of unmanned vehicles can be useful for farming, shipping, and industrial organizations, reducing costs, decreasing personnel, and saving time by using smarter paths. To learn more about ACS and how ASI technology platforms are automating vehicle transportation, visit us at asirobots.com/platforms.