Military Embedded Systems

Autonomous-vehicle contract signed between U.S. Army and Southwest Research Institute


August 09, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas. Research and development organization Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) won an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract valued at up to $34 million over five years to support the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center in the area of R&D of autonomous and robotic vehicles.

Under the terms of the contract, SwRI will support project management, R&D, modeling and simulation, software development, systems integration, testing, and data analysis services with specific task orders focusing on robotics and autonomous systems.

SwRI started to develop automated vehicle (AV) technology in 2006 through a multidisciplinary internal research program known as MARTI (Mobile Autonomous Robotics Technology Initiative); since that time, the MARTI project has evolved to develop automated systems using sensing, machine learning, and connected and automated vehicle technologies for both military and commercial clients.

SwRI also has worked with the U.S. Army for more than 10 years, with SwRI’s robotics systems integrated onto at least 15 unique military ground vehicle platforms. 

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