The British Air Force begins testing robots

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The Academy of Robotics and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have announced a trial deployment of autonomous vehicles at Bryze Norton Air Force Base near Oxford. It is part of the RAF Astra’s next-generation air force capability campaign and is the first test that autonomous vehicles have been deployed at an airbase in the UK.

The British Air Force begins testing robots

During the tests, the Kar-go Delivery Bot will have to deliver tools, equipment and consumables at the base. The robot will operate semi-autonomously and autonomously under the supervision of a security team located in the mobile command post. The command post can control all aspects of vehicle operation. In particular, remote control is provided, if necessary.

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For security reasons, only trained and authorized personnel can move cargo around the airbase, and the use of autonomous vehicles is said to free up the time of skilled personnel to focus on their immediate tasks.

One of the features that the developers of the robot for the military had to face was the need to minimize the collection of data necessary for the vehicle to move safely. In conventional self-driving cars, the focus is on scanning the surrounding world and collecting data to learn how to drive along certain routes. However, due to security constraints, the Academy of Robotics specialists had to invent their own system. In addition, the development team has solved some problems that arise only when moving around the airfield.

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