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The U.S. military is getting closer to testing an autonomous vehicle known as an MX-8 that the Air Force hopes will soon begin operating in the desert.
The MX-8, developed by the research wing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be the second of four versions of the vehicle, but so far none has been fully operational.
The first vehicle—a U.S. Air Force version dubbed M-8—came online in 2012, and at one point was slated to conduct a series of exercises in the Mojave Desert. The first test took place last year.
“The MX-8 is an airspeed-controlled robot, built using new software developed at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, that will soon be operating out of the Nevada desert,” said Todd S. Wright of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space and Intelligence Systems Center (SIOC). “We will provide operational test support for this vehicle through 2016, with the intent of sending MX-8 to operational test points in 2016.”
The MX-8 will be an autonomous vehicle with a GPS-guided, radar-guided, two-person payload. This means that the vehicle itself will drive and control its route autonomously, but that it and its payload will be piloted by humans and not computer systems from the Air Force or Lockheed Martin.
The MX-8 is capable of speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), says Air Force officials.
“The MX-8 has a range of up to 525 kilometers (350 miles) and can traverse rugged terrain at speeds of nearly 200 km/h,” stated Wright.
The MX-8, Wright added, will operate under various flight rules, using the guidance of an onboard GPS and radar system. “It will take over control of its path upon arrival at the test bed. Once the GPS is in place and the radar in place, the MX-8 can be programmed by the operator to take control at any time and navigate in any direction, including in adverse weather.”