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Autonomous options developer Kodiak Robotics has launched its first unmanned take a look at automobile for US Division of Protection purposes.

The automobile combines the corporate’s proprietary Kodiak Driver software program and a Ford F-150 pickup truck to allow army missions over advanced terrain and GPS-contested environments. 

It additionally helps distant management relying on person necessities.

In response to the California agency, the Kodiak Driver was built-in into the brand new automobile in lower than six months.

The fast maturation of the expertise is credited to the software program driver’s modular and vehicle-agnostic autonomous capabilities present in different autonomous long-haul vans.

Alongside the autonomy system, Kodiak’s tactical automobile prototype incorporates DefensePod, primarily based on the agency’s rSensorPod {hardware}, which is used for simpler and quicker upkeep duties resembling tire adjustments.

Revolutionizing Homeland Protection

Kodiak CEO and Founder Don Burnette stated that its software program driver will enhance the US army’s “mission choices and technical superiority” whereas retaining the protection of warfighters on the battlefield.

Autonomous take a look at automobile primarily based on Ford F-150. Picture: Kodiak Robotics

“We’ve got constructed a complete autonomous system that may be built-in into any automobile, from a Class 8 truck, to a pickup, to a next-generation protection automobile,” Burnette acknowledged.

“Integrating Kodiak’s expertise into an off-road succesful automobile exhibits the potential for industrial and dual-use expertise to revolutionize nationwide safety, simply because the Division of Protection is seeking to ramp up its concentrate on autonomous expertise.”

Supporting Autonomy for US Protection

Kodiak is engaged on a $50-million contract awarded in 2022 to develop an autonomous floor automobile demonstrator for the US Protection Innovation Unit.

The hassle required Kodiak to construct and hand over two off-road succesful autos primarily based on the Ford F-150.

Trials of the methods started final month and shall be adopted by evaluations to combine the autonomy construction into Kodiak’s purpose-built floor reconnaissance automobile for army use.

The agency designed the autos in accordance with the Military Product Supervisor Robotic Fight Automobile’s Software program Acquisition Pathways.

This technique permits the company to acquire software program and {hardware} options individually, making certain the most suitable choice for US army modernization.