U.S. Military Tests Lockheed Martin Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Lockheed Martin Corp. says its Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS) has logged more than 55,000 testing miles during U.S. Army war game maneuvers.

AMAS sensors, actuators and controllers can be installed on virtually any wheeled tactical vehicle, according to Lockheed. The system provides driver warning/driver assist and semi-autonomous leader/follower capability.

Testing, which was conducted over several months at military bases in Missouri and Texas under a variety of mission scenarios, included convoys in which the lead vehicle was driven by a soldier and trailing vehicles were driven autonomously. This reduces manpower needs for convoy operations, freeing soldiers up for other tasks and removing them from exposure to explosive devices and other dangerous situations.