Thursday, March 06, 2008

IEEE Spectrum: Video Viewer

Here's a very interesting video of the CMU autonomous vehicle they've been developing for the Army. I have mixed feelings about this.

  • The chasis is very impressive. This thing would be great at a monster truck rally.
  • I don't want to be anywhere near this thing when its gun is loaded. Not based on my assessment of how formidable it will be, but rather how reliably it will function. Shades of ED-209 from "Robocop".
  • I wonder how vulnerable this vehicle would be to very primitive countermeasures, like a guy with a can of spray paint.

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