Demonstrations of DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies

Demonstrations of DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies


the ground X vehicle technologies program out of DARPA stacked achill Technology Office is a vehicle demonstration program aimed to improve survivability without up armoring the vehicle so looking at how we can enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver assistance aids things like advanced suspensions and advanced all-terrain mobility to allow us to escape the threat environment when necessary Raytheon BBN virtual perspectives augmenting natural experience fuses data from multiple vehicle mounted video and lidar cameras to create a real-time 3d model of the vehicle and its nearby surroundings in a final phase to demonstration drivers and commanders in a windowless recreational vehicle successfully switched among multiple virtual perspectives to accurately maneuver the vehicle and detect targets of interest during both low and high speed travel Carnegie Mellon University’s national robotics and engineering centers off road crew augmentation provides a real-time drivers aid in a closed cockpit to enhance driver mobility and situational awareness using onboard path planning and driving cues orca provides a technology demonstration to predict in real-time the safest and fastest route and when necessary enable a vehicle to drive itself off-road even around obstacles enhanced 360-degree awareness with virtual windows from Honeywell International demonstrated its windowless cockpit in an all-terrain vehicle with an opaque canopy the 3d near 2 eye goggles optical head tracker and wraparound active window display screens provide real-time high-resolution views outside the vehicle this enhances characteristics such as terrain depth detection and reduces driver nausea kinetics electric in hub wheel motor putting motors directly inside the wheels offers numerous potential benefits for combat vehicles such as heightened acceleration and maneuverability with optimal torque traction power and speed over rough or smooth terrain kinetic has demonstrated a unique approach incorporating three gear stages and a complex thermal management design into a system small enough to fit the standard military 20-inch rim Carnegie Mellon University’s national robotics and engineering centers reconfigurable wheel track wheels that reconfigure two triangular tracks to instantly optimize mobility over different types of terrain our WTS can change from wheel to track and back again within two seconds while the vehicle is in motion wheels permit fast travel on hard surfaces while tracks perform better on soft surfaces for instant improvements to tactical mobility and maneuverability on diverse terrains Pratt and Millers multimode extreme travel suspension system aims to enable high speed travel over rough terrain while keeping the vehicle upright and minimising occupant discomfort the vehicle demonstrator incorporates standard military 20-inch wheels advanced short travel suspension of 4 to 6 inches and a novel high travel suspension that extends up to 6 feet 42 inches upward and 30 inches downward the demonstration showed off its ability to tackle steep slopes and grades by actively and independently adjusting the hydraulic suspension on each wheel of the vehicle DARP is excited about the progress made to date in the GX VT program and we look forward to working with the services to transition these technologies into ground vehicle platforms of the future


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