According to Lockheed, the software and hardware driving the system performed "exactly as designed."
To work, the integrated system uses a high performance LIDAR sensor, a second GPS receiver, and additional algorithms. The system comes in the form a kit that can be installed on virtually any military vehicle. Gotta say, that's impressive.
On the Pentagon side of things, the system was developed by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Given that the word "tank" is in the name, you can probably guess where this technology is eventually going.
"We are very pleased with the results of the demonstration, because it adds substantial weight to the Army's determination to get robotic systems into the hands of the warfighter," noted TARDEC technical manager Bernard Theisen in a statement.
Wow, Lockheed is busy bringing the future to a battlefield near you.
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