Marine Lab is Rolling With New Robotic Vehicles

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June 26, 2015 | Source: Defense Systems

Humanoid robots are getting a lot of attention these days, particularly with next month’s DARPA Robotics Challenge on tap, but the military has long relied on radio-controlled “tractor-type” robots—IED-hunting mini-tanks, mostly—as regular tools. An entire Pentagon enterprise—the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)—exists solely for this purpose. But the capabilities for these unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have moved well beyond familiar “find ‘em, explode ‘em” tasking.

The Marine Corps, for example, is working on several projects for ground robotic vehicles that show both how far robotics has come and how far it has to go.