AVs to Serve U.S. Military at Fort Carson

By StartUp City | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has undertaken a multiyear research project in partnership with US Ignite, the City of Colorado Springs, and the University of Colorado Boulder to make the Military bases AV enabled

Fremont, CA: After equipping the cities with technology, Smart City Technologies are now heading towards U.S. military bases. Self-driven vehicles and next-gen technologies have turned the need of the hour of the military installations, which are an ideal setting for environmental sensors that deal with smart cities' work.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has undertaken a multiyear research project to understand how smart city technologies can be used and implemented in military establishments. Some of which will have its center on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. U.S. Military has entered into a partnership with US Ignite, a non-profit responsible for the growth of smart city projects, the City of Colorado Springs, and the University of Colorado Boulder for two years shuttle pilot project undertaken autonomously.

Smart City Startups

"The hope is that these technologies could lead to saving money and increasing efficiency, as well as improving the quality of life and safety for service members and their families," said Col. Jim P. Allen, a program manager with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

ERDC has awarded a $3.9 million contract to US Ignite to help the military explore how to serve the on- and off- base shuttle needs and integrate a shared AV shuttle into the community. "Both city and the base are working on their own smart city strategies," said Nick Maynard, Chief Strategy Officer at US Ignite. "Ignite's goal is to bring the two together along with the local university to work on smart city challenges they had identified around transportation and public safety" he added. He expects that the two-year project could extend for another two years.

On the first phase of the research, the focus will be on military installations, with plans to eventually work more closely with the city of Colorado Springs on the cases that are common to both base and the city that can be addressed by AV's jointly. The project aims, among others, to explore the use of data, data sharing, next-gen transportation platforms like ride-hailing, micro-mobility et al.

"Sometimes the military likes to think it can operate as an island," Col. Allen said. "And the reality is they're not. They're a part of the community."

Check Out : Top Defense Technology Companies

Weekly Brief