Aussie (Segway) robots invade USA

Australian company Marathon Robotics’ has signed a $US50 million contract to provide their “humanoid moving targets” to the US military. Built on the flexible and adaptable Segway Mobility Platform (RMP), we first covered this invention at Segway New Zealand News here in June last year.

Further details can be found in the media, such as this story in Perth Now, which reports:

“It is universally acknowledged that there is no substitute for live-fire training” said Marathon chief technology officer Alex Makarenko.

“And our customers always stress that shooting a moving target is orders of magnitude more difficult than shooting a stationary or predictable target. We fully expect that training with live ammunition on smart targets will substantially improve moving marksmanship. “This is a milestone for us and for robotics — to the best of our knowledge, this will be the first autonomous ground robots ever fielded by the U.S. military,” said Makarenko.

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