Accession Number:

ADA317789

Title:

Potential Technology Transfer to the DoD Unmanned Ground Vehicle Program.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

The Joint Robotics Program JRP, managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is developing unmanned ground vehicles UGVs for a number of military applications. These applications currently include scout vehicles, engineer vehicles for mine detection and clearing, security robots, explosive ordnance disposal, and construction-type robots for detecting and removing unexploded ordnance. Future applications may include convoys and other logistic applications, both nonlethal and lethal weapons platforms, and a variety of other applications, such as firefighting, painting, and munitions handlers. A significant amount of development in the civil sector may be applicable or adaptable to military UGVs. The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe some of the robotics-related research being conducted outside of the JRP that may be relevant to future programs. This paper focuses on two areas of current research. One is the Automated Highway System AHS under development by the Federal Highway Administration FHWA see Chapter II. The second is microrobotics being pursued by numerous organizations for diverse purposes see Chapter III. In addition to these two areas, a variety of activities of narrower scope are of interest. A few are described briefly in Chapter IV. The information contained in these chapters is largely descriptive. Although suggestions on the potential relevance of these activities are made, those directly involved in JRP developments are in a better position to evaluate the potential of technology transfer from other programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE