posted on Apr, 13 2005 @ 03:36 PM
It looks like new robotic age is coming! The USMC are developing new armored recon vehicle called Gladiator. It will resemble a bulky, armored
all-terrain vehicle, weighing about a ton, with six wheels. A Marine will control it with a remote.
According to Dimi Apostolopoulos, Carnegie Mellon's lead scientist on the project, the Gladiator will use sensors to warn soldiers about a variety of
dangers: enemy positions, barbed wire, mines, and even chemical, biological or nuclear threats.The Gladiator will also be able to detect and avoid
obstacles such as craters.
First, the Gladiator's mobility was tested. Military officials were looking for a unit that can function on all types of terrain, in temperatures
ranging from 25 degrees below zero to 125 degrees, while withstanding fire from automatic weapons like the AK-47.
Second, the military tested the robot's sensory capabilities.
Eventually, the Marines hope to arm the Gladiator with machine guns and other weapons.