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Convoy Active Safety Technologies Warfighter Experiment I
Author(s): Edward Schoenherr; Bernard L. Theisen; Asisat Animashaun; James Davis; Christopher Day
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Paper Abstract

The operational ability to project and sustain forces in distant, anti-access and area denial environments poses new challenges for combatant commanders. One of the new challenges is the ability to conduct sustainment operations at operationally feasible times and places on the battlefield. Combatant commanders require a sustainment system that is agile, versatile, and survivable throughout the range of military operations and across the spectrum of conflict. A key component of conducting responsive, operationally feasible sustainment operations is the ability to conduct sustainment convoys. Sustainment convoys are critical to providing combatant commanders the right support, at the right time and place, and in the right quantities, across the full range of military operations. The ability to conduct sustainment convoys in a variety of hostile environments require force protection measures that address the enemy threat and protect the Soldier. One cost effective, technically feasible method of increasing the force protection for sustainment convoys is the use of robotic follower technology and autonomous navigation. The Convoy Active Safety Technologies (CAST) system is a driver assist, convoy autopilot technology aimed to address these issues. Warfigher Experiment I, held at A.P. Hill, VA in the fall of 2007, tested the utility of this vehicle following technology not only in measures of system integrity and performance vs. manual driving, but also the physiological effects on the operators themselves. This paper will detail the Warfigher Experiment's methodology, analysis, results and conclusions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6962, Unmanned Systems Technology X, 69621N (29 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780357
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Edward Schoenherr, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Bernard L. Theisen, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Asisat Animashaun, Army Research Lab. (United States)
James Davis, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher Day, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6962:
Unmanned Systems Technology X
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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