"We've all fought and we've lost friends
on places where unmanned ground vehicles could have done the task
equally well, and I regret that like you'll never know," said
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. "If I had done a better job fielding
unmanned ground vehicles, those young people would still be
The event, which was
held from September 1-4 at Fort Hood, Texas, gave 30 companies
the opportunity to show off their autonomous robotics. Each
vehicle had to maneuver through several field demonstrators, with
military and civilian judges on hand.
The military hopes that
the vehicles can help evacuate wounded soldiers, serve as scouts to
help locate ambushes, and intentionally set off improvised explosive
devices hidden by insurgents.
There isn't a set time line as
to when the military hopes to use these vehicles, but military
experts say they need to be used as soon as possible.
same time of the Robotics Rodeo, the Army also tested several
advanced battlefield technologies pulled from the now defunct Future
Combat Systems program. Soldiers on the battlefield will give
Army officials feedback on the technology, and what they would