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Soldiers trial 4x4 remote trucks

Soldiers trial 4x4 remote trucks

British and American soldiers are trialling 4x4 trucks, which can be controlled remotely using Xbox-style controllers.

The Ministry of Defence has revealed they are testing special trucks, which act as an autonomous resupply unit and reduce the risk of injury when they have to make deliveries of ammunition, food and other supplies to the front line.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: "One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our US allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together. This exercise has proven the success of our ongoing investment in science and technology as we see concepts becoming reality. This particular project is spearheading solutions to the notoriously dangerous operation of supplying our frontline on the battlefield. Delivering crucial food, fuel and ammo remotely will help save soldiers' lives."

Whilst Pete Stockel, innovation autonomy challenge lead for Dstl, added: "We are enormously excited to be working with our US colleagues on this project, delivering on the commitment announced at the Farnborough Airshow in 2016. It has been an exciting challenge to drive this forward at pace. This could be a step-change in how operational risk might be managed, costs could be reduced and - ultimately - lives can be saved, as a result of harnessing this rapidly-evolving technology."

The 4x4 vehicle works using a tele-operated Polaris MRZR that is fitted with advanced sensors, cameras and GPS.

Colonel John McCrann, from Army Headquarters, shared: "The British Army is keen to work with its US counterparts through Dstl to identify where autonomous technologies can benefit UK military capability."

And Jeffrey Ratowski, TARDEC's project leader for the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) effort, added:

"We're using US and UK Soldiers to control multiple robotic assets including the convoy, the autonomous last mile ground piece, and there's also an autonomous last mile air piece."

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