Will Lockheed Martin's Revolutionary Self-Driving Vehicle Change Transportation As We Know It?http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/02/01/will-lockheed-martins-new-autonomous-vehicle-chang.aspx Katie Spence
February 1, 2014
On Jan. 30, The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), demonstrated a fully autonomous convoy vehicle capable of "navigating hazards and obstacles such as road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled and passing vehicles, pedestrians, and traffic circles in both urban and rural test areas." In other words, vehicles are one stop closer to being driverless. Here's what you need to know.
Autonomous to the rescue
Troops are exposed to possible IED attacks in a number of different ways, including running supplies. As such, using autonomous vehicles likes Lockheed's could help eliminate injuries and deaths from missions. Plus, as DARPA reports, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 states, "It shall be a goal of the Armed Forces to achieve the fielding of unmanned, remotely controlled technology such that ... by 2015, one-third of the operational ground combat vehicles are unmanned."
Autonomous and the future