Thursday, January 21, 2010

Self-Controlled Army Vehicles?

This is sort of interesting:

To save a soldier's life a day, the US armed forces have been ordered to convert one third of their combat vehicles to driverless operation.
Today nearly every piece of agricultural machinery can drive itself...GPS subcontractors, partners, or aftermarket suppliers provide the GPS based guidance systems to ag equipment manufacturers...Perhaps this technology could be applied to a US Army supply truck delivering the urgently needed supplies to our troops.

Drones are already there, not requiring pilots. It's not a stretch to trick out a truck full of supplies to drive supplies to soldiers in the field.

Ultimately we'll see "virtual reality" planes and tanks, where the soldier is safe in some room miles away while he controls in 3D a real tank in the field or a plane in the sky. Call it video-game soldiering. It's not that far away.

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