One way to reduce the risk to military trucks lumbering down supply routes is to take the driver out of the driver's seat, as was demonstrated Thursday at the Robotics Rodeo at a sprawling Army installation here in Fort Hood, Texas.
The rodeo--sponsored by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and by III Corps--gives companies a chance to show off their related wares.
TARDEC had its own system on display at the rodeo's convoy event. Lockheed Martin demonstrated the Convoy Active Safety Technology (CAST) system along
with its AutoMate sensor and actuator kit on two TARDEC 2.5-ton trucks.
Oshkosh Defense demonstrated its TerraMax autonomous vehicle system. Its Command Zone electronics system provided drive-by-wire capability, while the new IBEO LUX laser scanner augmented the 360-degree obstacle detection.