December 2, 2007
Carnegie Mellon Updating Remote Control Military Vehicle
Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center has won a $14.4 million contract to continue development of its unmanned ground vehicle technology for the US army.
The team says that the majority of the budget will go towards updating Crusher, a 6.5 tonne, unmanned support vehicle it developed in 2006.
This thing they have called The Crusher is a 6 wheel drive mobile platform that looks pretty cool in the vidoes. Apparently, what happened is that this team at Carnegie Mellon won the latest DARPA Challenge, so the military is throwing some money at them saying "keep on it" and "show us what your robots can do for us".
I personally think that this is a much better approach than the old bidding war between a few defense contractors, awarding the bid, and then finally shitcanning some inoperable, over-budget system like the Sargeant York.
Posted by Rob Kiser on December 2, 2007 at 8:48 AM