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Intelligent mobility for robotic vehicles in the army after next
Author(s): Grant R. Gerhart; Richard C. Goetz; David J. Gorsich
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Paper Abstract

The TARDEC Intelligent Mobility program addresses several essential technologies necessary to support the army after next (AAN) concept. Ground forces in the AAN time frame will deploy robotic unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in high-risk missions to avoid exposing soldiers to both friendly and unfriendly fire. Prospective robotic systems will include RSTA/scout vehicles, combat engineering/mine clearing vehicles, indirect fire artillery and missile launch platforms. The AAN concept requires high on-road and off-road mobility, survivability, transportability/deployability and low logistics burden. TARDEC is developing a robotic vehicle systems integration laboratory (SIL) to evaluate technologies and their integration into future UGV systems. Example technologies include the following: in-hub electric drive, omni-directional wheel and steering configurations, off-road tires, adaptive tire inflation, articulated vehicles, active suspension, mine blast protection, detection avoidance and evasive maneuver. This paper will describe current developments in these areas relative to the TARDEC intelligent mobility program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3693, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology, (22 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354441
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Grant R. Gerhart, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Richard C. Goetz, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
David J. Gorsich, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3693:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology
Grant R. Gerhart; Robert W. Gunderson; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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