DRS Technologies and two other companies have won a $2.2 million project to develop a robot for the U.S. Army with the goal of lightening soldier packs, preventing injuries and reduce training times.
The defense electronic systems maker and Segway will co-develop the robot platforms and aim to integrate them with 5D Robotics software, 5D said Tuesday.
5D’s Behavior Engine software is designed to help the hardware stay agile when it is loaded hundreds of pounds of gear.
BE software also uses UWB software to navigate and work to avoid obstacles.
The Army is looking to lighten workload on warfighters by passing on some of the weight of gear onto the robots.
5D cited research that the average soldier’s pack of 88.3-101.5 pounds weighs too much compared to the doctor-prescribed load that is 10-15 percent of body weight per individual.