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U.S. Army Celebrates New Systems Optimization and Characterization Capabilities



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Unmanned Vehicle Demo Showcases Leap-Ahead Technology

During the Autonomous Mobility Applique System demo, VIP’s saw autonomous vehicles negotiate live traffic, follow the rules of the road, recognize pedestrians and avoid various obstacles in both urban and rural test areas. During the Autonomous Mobility Applique System demo, VIP’s saw autonomous vehicles negotiate live traffic, follow the rules of the road, recognize pedestrians and avoid various obstacles in both urban and rural test areas.

Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition, and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy Jan. 14 at Fort Hood, Texas.

From a rooftop in the Fort Hood training area, military and industry VIPs saw firsthand how the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) enabled two driverless Palletized Loading System prime movers and an M915 tractor trailer truck to seamlessly interact with a manned HMMWV gun truck escort. The convoy negotiated oncoming traffic, followed rules of the road, recognized and avoided pedestrians and various obstacles, and then used intelligence and decision-making abilities to re-route their direction through a maze of test areas to complete both complex urban and rural line haul missions.

As the ground systems expert within the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM), TARDEC develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions to address ever-changing threats and shifts in strategic, technological and fiscal environments. Flexibility and adaptability are vital to future systems, and AMAS is designed to provide a wide range of military vehicle platforms with optionally manned capabilities that will increase safety and provide the warfighter with additional flexibility in how assets and personnel are deployed under a variety of missions and conditions. COL Chris Cross, Chief of Science and Technology at the Army Capabilities Integration Center emphasized: “We're not looking to replace Soldiers with robots. It's about augmenting and increasing capability.”

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TARDEC demos autonomous vehicles

The U.S Army is no stranger to innovation. In 1946, the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center was formed for the initial purpose of developing efficient tanks that kept Soldiers safe in hostile territory. Over the years, the organization has expanded its research into the fields of engineering and ground based systems and now stands as a quiet leader in innovation and technology. Fort Hood Sentinel - January 16, 2014 Read more

Could General Motors and the Army Build a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tank?

On Aug. 15, 1940, the Army contracted with Chrysler to create the nation's first government-owned, contractor-operated facility at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant in Warren, Mich. Is TARDEC's partnership with General Motors the next stage in tank evolution? Daily Finance - November 17, 2013 Read more

High school students rave about careers in science

A group of Utica Community Schools female students are raving about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Courtesy of the Michigan chapter of Women in Defense, 21 UCS students experienced the Rave Cave -- a nonprofit organization that promotes education, research and development, and scientific discovery through state-of-the-art environments and cutting-edge technology. Advisor & Source Newspapers - October 31, 2013 Read more

GM gets Army deal for fuel cell tech

General Motors Co. said Monday it is has a new cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren to further test and develop hydrogen fuel cell for up to five years. The Detroit-based automaker said the company and TARDEC will test the performance and durability of hydrogen fuel-cell materials and designs before building them into full-size systems. The two parties said working together to test technology for both military and consumer applications will give them "more tangible" results than working independently. The Detroit News - September 30, 2013 Read more

How do you defeat a laser?

For almost two decades, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has been developing materials to protect ground vehicles and dismounted soldiers from lasers, notably new material that would let natural light through but block any laser light. Today's lasers can disorient and even wound soldiers, inflicting permanent blindness, and they can easily blind crucial defense cameras. Picture an armored vehicle travelling through an urban environment: With limited vision, the soldiers in it would rely on the vehicle's cameras as eyes on the surrounding streets. FoxNews.com - August 22, 2013 Read more

The Enhanced Mobility Edition of accelerate Magazine is now available. JRaDS Technical Managers Report TARDEC 30-Year Strategy