Lockheed Martin conducted a fully autonomous convoy demonstration at Fort Hood last month.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Maryland-based Lockheed Martin operated the convoy in an urban environment with multiple vehicles of different models. It was part of the Army and Marine Corps’ Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System program, and marked the completion of the program’s Capabilities Advancement Demonstration. The test involved driverless tactical vehicles navigating hazards and obstacles such as road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled and passing vehicles, pedestrians and traffic circles in both urban and rural test areas.
This was the first time Lockheed Martin conducted an unmanned convoy at Fort Hood, but other organizations have done similar testing on post.
“Although we have no immediate plans on the ... program for further testing at Fort Hood, we found the facilities, personnel and soldiers easy to work with and an excellent match to the program’s needs, so we would welcome the opportunity to return for a future test,” a Lockheed Martin spokesman said.
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