US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, has been testing robotic trucks for the Army in Michigan and Michigan will be the main location for developing autonomous technology for commercial trucks.
TARDEC is developing its vehicle-to-infrastructure capabilities to increase safety, reduce distracting tasks and carry supplies for soldiers, he said.
In June, the four-vehicle convoy of tractor-trailers on Interstate 69, about 40 miles east of Flint, Mich., showed the trucks’ ability to communicate with roadside units set up by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The so-called vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connectivity is a crucial step toward building a network of autonomous commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.
Eventually, V2I will be able to send vehicles information about traffic signals and relay information about collisions on the road, among other data.
Army’s chief roboticist, Bob Sadowski, discussed in a video the challenges for the military to design autonomous trucks that can crawl their way through some of the nastiest terrain on Earth without a human to help them.
SOURCES – Trucks.com, Breaking Defense