By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology

Unmanned floor automobiles (UGV) are anticipated to play a key function within the Army's aim strength constitution. those UGVs will be used for guns systems, logistics vendors, and reconnaissance, surveillance, and objective acquisition between different issues. to ascertain features of the Army's UGV application, determine know-how readiness, and determine key matters in imposing UGV platforms, between different questions, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the military for study and expertise requested the nationwide learn Council (NRC) to behavior a learn of UGV applied sciences. This record discusses UGV operational specifications, present improvement efforts, and expertise integration and roadmaps to the long run. Key strategies are offered addressing technical content material, time traces, and milestones for the UGV efforts.

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Review Army operational requirements for UGVs, including the Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) 13 14 TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR ARMY UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES BOX 1-1 A Glimpse of the Future The United States and its allies have enjoyed notable success in the long campaign against worldwide terrorism. A significant contributor to this success has been the evolution of manned ground and airborne forces into integrated teams of unmanned ground and airborne vehicles and highly trained manned forces.

What are the salient uncertainties in the “intel- ligent” perception and control components of the UGV technology program, and are the uncertainties technical, schedule related or bound by resource limitations as a result of the technical nature of the task, to the extent it is possible to enunciate them? b. , adaptive tactical behaviors, human–system interfaces, mobility, communications)? c. Do the present efforts provide a sound technical foundation for a UGV program that could meet Army operational requirements as presently defined?

In the case of unmanned ground systems in particular, there has been significant technology push over the past several decades. As early as World War II, unmanned platforms were experimentally evaluated for such missions as minefield breaching. By the early 1980s, robotic systems to support space exploration and unmanned aerial vehicles were also being developed. By the 1990s several programs within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Systems Joint Program Office were developing technologies to support unmanned ground vehicles.

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