The Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyÂ has hosted a series of demonstrations through a program that seeks to increase the survivability,Â mobility and safety of combat vehicles.
DARPA said Friday several contract recipients under the second phase of the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program demonstrated suspension and wheel-to-track technologies that work to allow the vehicles to navigate through slopes, elevations and other off-road terrain.
Those technologies include a reconfigurable wheel-track platform from Carnegie Mellon Universityâs National Robotics Engineering Center; electric in-hub motor from QinetiQ; and the Multi-mode Extreme Travel Suspension system from Pratt & Miller.
The GXV-T program also included demonstrations of crew augmentation technologies that work to provide situational awareness and those include a Honeywell-built windowless cockpit system in an all-terrain vehicle; Virtual Perspectives Augmenting Natural Experience technology demonstrator from Raytheonâs BBN Technologies business; and theÂ Off-Road Crew Augmentation platform from CMU NREC.
âWeâre looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,â saidÂ Maj. Amber Walker, program manager for GXV-T at DARPAâsÂ tactical technology office.
âFor mobility, weâve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain,â Walker added.