Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Too Bad it's Remote-Controlled

The C|Net News Science Blog picked up a story about a new unmanned ground vehicle currently under development for the US Marine Corps.

Carnegie Mellon University gave its first public demonstration of the Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV) on 4 August. This remote-controlled robot is designed for reconaissance and search & discovery mission in hostile environments, but the military is already looking to expand its capabilities by adding machine guns and other weapons. The latest prototype even includes hand grenades which can be used to clear obstacles (and personnel?). Perhaps the developers could work with CMU's DARPA Grand Challenge team to integrate some autonomous control systems into the Gladiator...

No comments: