RACER Speeds Into a Second Phase With Robotic Fleet Expansion and Another Experiment Success

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RACER Heavy Platform (RHP) vehicle (photo by DARPA).
RACER Heavy Platform (RHP) vehicle (photo by DARPA).

May 21, 2024 | Originally published by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on April 23, 2024

DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program successfully tested autonomous movement on a new, much larger fleet vehicle – a significant step in scaling up the adaptability and capability of the underlying RACER algorithms.

The RACER Heavy Platform (RHP) vehicles are 12-ton, 20-foot-long, skid-steer tracked vehicles – similar in size to forthcoming robotic and optionally manned combat/fighting vehicles. The RHPs complement the 2-ton, 11-foot-long, Ackermann-steered, wheeled RACER Fleet Vehicles (RFVs) already in use.