US Army to have AI-based self-driving vehicles before the vehicles appear on streets

US Army to have AI-based self-driving vehicles before the vehicles appear on streets

According to a recent Automotive News report, the US Army will use AI-based self-driving vehicles before the vehicles appear on the roads in the United States. The report is based on a recent statement made by the Michael Griffin -- US Secretary of Defense -- while speaking on Capitol Hill. Griffin said that Pentagon will be tapping AI-powered self-driving vehicles in order to reduce the number of field casualties, and declared: “We’re going to have self-driving vehicles in theater for the Army before we’ll have self-driving cars on the streets.”

Asserting that the use of AI-powered self-driving vehicles may play a role in reducing casualties in combat zones, Griffin explained that a high number of injuries and fatalities in combat zones involve military personnel who are in a “vulnerable position” --- that is, military personnel who carry out the duties of delivering food, fuel, and equipment.

Griffin specifically noted that the use of AI-powered self-driving vehicles will remove the human factor from the equation, thereby instantly putting military personnel at a much lower risk in terms of battlefield logistics.

Griffin also highlighted the fact that self-driving vehicles for military use will apparently require relatively simple AI driving algorithm, and will thus be a very attractive option for the US Army.