Kodiak Robotics has unveiled the first autonomous test vehicle designed for the United States Department of Defense.
Kodiak Robotics is a company that develops autonomous driving technology for the transportation and defense markets.
This vehicle called Kodiak Driver is just a Ford F-150 with the Kodiak autonomous system, which has the necessary hardware and software to operate in complex military environments and various operating conditions, including degraded areas. GPS and terrain. road like stone, dust, mud and water.
With this autonomous driving capability, Kodiak Driver gives the US Army the ability to operate vehicles remotely when needed, giving the military more mission options and technical superiority, as well as greater protection.
The portability of Kodiak Driver is demonstrated by integrating it into a new vehicle in less than six months, thanks to the versatility of Kodiak’s modular, vehicle-independent autonomous system.
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Kodiak Driver uses the same software as Kodiak’s long-haul autonomous trucks and features modular, interchangeable sensors designed for defense applications.
Additionally, changing a DefensePod in the field can be completed in 10 minutes or less with no special training required.
In December 2022, Kodiak announced the award of a contract with options of up to $50 million to the United States Department of Defense, specifically the Defense Innovation Unit in support of the Army to develop demonstration autonomous ground vehicle prototypes .
As part of this contract, Kodiak designed its vehicle according to a unique strategy, which allows the Department of Defense to acquire hardware and software solutions separately to ensure the best combination of the two and achieve continuous modernization.
Kodiak Driver, more capabilities and more security
Thus, Kodiak will build and deliver two off-road vehicles based on the Ford F-150 vehicle. Testing of these vehicles began at a US military base in November 2023. If the test is successfully completed, Kodiak plans to install its autonomous system on a specially designed ground reconnaissance vehicle. for military use.
Before testing the F-150 vehicles, Kodiak used its semi-trucks to test its autonomous system in off-road environments. These tests helped to improve Kodiak’s long-haul trucking technology and its hardware platform, allowing better handling of dust, rocks and other obstacles encountered in off-road terrain.