Army launches $3 million program to research off-road drones

A nearly $3 million military-funded program aims to find out whether robots can drive through tomorrow’s battlefields without human input.

A group of seven universities and one company received funding in May to research off-road movement by unmanned vehicles, as part of an effort launched by the Army Research Laboratory, researchers said Monday.

Army researchers said autonomous planes and trucks are part of the future of war, and after a decade of research have developed a prototype “brain” for unmanned vehicles, dubbed the ARL Autonomy Stack…

The researchers given funding to improve off-road mobility are from the Colorado School of Mines; Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition; GE Research; Indiana University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Delaware; University of Rochester and the University of Washington.