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US Marines Testing New Self-Driving Vehicle

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The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is currently testing out a pretty cool vehicle during the world's largest multi-national maritime exercise called Rim of the Pacific 2014 which is being held in Hawaii. The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate or GUSS for short is a vehicle that can handle a multitude of terrains.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is currently testing out a pretty cool vehicle during the world's largest multi-national maritime exercise called Rim of the Pacific 2014 which is being held in Hawaii.

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate or GUSS for short is a vehicle that can handle a multitude of terrains. It can be operated with or without a human driver.

GUSS is equipped with on-board computer programming and sensors to drive itself over rough ground during both the day and the night. Although the six-wheeled quad utilizes impressive technology, it has a far more important role.

The goal is for the vehicle to carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield and bring equipment to those who need it. The quad can reportedly operate in rough weather and get past obstacles with problems.

GUSS has the ability to carry roughly 19 hundred pounds. Unfortunately the vehicle can only reach a speed of 5 miles per hour but it’s still in the prototype phase.

GUSS has three modes, tele-operated, semi-autonomous and autonomous, which makes it incredibly useful in a number of situations. It was developed by Torc Robotics and incorporates their Drive-by-Wire System and SafeStop, as well as their navigation software and computing modules.

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