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Finding Landmines

Unmanned Vehicles

The Intelligence Kernel is designed to enable UGV s to collaborate with a variety of unmanned air vehicles. In one test, an autonomous UAV was used to locate a potential mine field and cue the UGV to investigate. During this test, the UGV and UAV worked together to produce the image seen in Fig. 9. The UGV interface shown in Fig. 9, accepts the mosaiced imagery from the UAV and then correlates it with the UGV map to produce a seamless fusion of ground terrain mapping, GPS and aerial imagery. Across countermine experiment exercises performed using RIK the average level of human input was less than 1%. Results derived by the Test and Evaluation Command of the U.S. Army indicated that the Autonomous Robotic Countermine System achieved “very high levels of collaborative tactical behaviors.” When the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center applied the “Autonomy Levels for Unmanned Systems” rubric, which includes indices for operator interaction, environmental difficulty and task complexity, to evaluate the overall autonomy of the system, a level of 8-9 was applied out of a possible 10. Based on the results of this experiment, the INL technology is currently slated to become a key part of the Future Combat System Small Unmanned Vehicle Countermine Program.

Unmanned Vehicles The Interface above shows a seamless fusion of UGV terrain mapping, GPS and real-time aerial imagery from an autonomous unmanned air vehicle. (See full-size image)

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