Robot ATV carries firefighters’ gear

❝ In the fall of 2018, the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, along with wildland firefighters from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control worked with Honda in testing their Autonomous Work Vehicle in wildland firefighting support scenarios.

Located at the site of the Lake Christine fire, a destructive wildfire that took place the summer of 2018 in Eagle County, Colorado- CoE, DFPC and Honda tested the work vehicles using realistic scenarios that occur during a wildfire. The team focused on utilizing the vehicle to support wildland operations with the goal of enhancing safety and effectiveness. Three missions were tested including initial attack support for dismounted firefighters, support of active fireline development, and autonomous deployment of a communications repeater to a remote site. This evaluation was performed at the Lake Christine fire site after the fire was fully contained and controlled. The initial results of the tests were promising and the CoE looks forward to working with Honda to further this mission.

Yeah, the language is a little stilted, press release-English. The concept is smart and realistic, useful. Certainly, folks here in the Rockies concerned with wildfires would be pleased to see critters like this in use.

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  1. Sgt Reckless says:

    Robotic mules to lighten the load for Army’s infantrymen (includes video) “The Army has awarded a $162.4 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems to produce 624 Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport systems. The wheeled, battery-operated machines are expected to begin arriving at units in 2021, the Army said in a statement.
    The unmanned robotic transport system can cover more than 60 miles in 72 hours, and carry 1,000 pounds, the Army said. That would reduce each soldier’s weight burden by more than 100 pounds when operating in support of a rifle squad, it said.
    The military has been looking to robotics in recent years to help lighten the load for infantrymen, who are weighted down with heavy body armor, ammunition and rucksacks loaded with water and other supplies.
    The Marines experimented with a robot known as “Big Dog,” which was supposed to help with carrying extra ammunition. But Big Dog was abandoned in 2015 because it was too noisy to bring to a fight.”
    See also “The Army is giving General Dynamics Land Systems a $162 million deal for more than 600 robotic mules to unburden soldiers on the battlefield” [The vehicle also provides a mobile charging station able to generate three kilowatts of power while stationary and one kilowatt while moving to keep devices and equipment fully charged while soldiers are in the field].

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