Lidar to Boost Armored Vehicle Crews' AwarenessJohn Simpson | November 01, 2016
Raytheon is developing technologies to provide comprehensive situational awareness to troops inside windowless armored vehicles, pursuant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program.
The goal is to improve the mobility and survivability of armored vehicles without adding more armor and weight.
Raytheon's technologies use lidar data to create a 3D model of the external environment, employing high-definition video to produce a detailed, natural rendering of the surroundings. Additional sensors provide the precise location of any incoming hostile fire, while blue-force position updates locate friendly troops.
"Our team is developing a virtual experience that gives the crews of armored military vehicles greater awareness of what's going on outside the vehicle, while also reducing their vulnerability to attack," says David Diller, GXV-T program manager for Raytheon BBN. "We're creating a three-dimensional model of the environment in real time that gives users views of their outside environment that would not normally be possible from inside the vehicle."
Raytheon's system presents the sensor data in an intuitive interface designed to improve armored carrier crews' knowledge of their surroundings, reduce their workload and allow them to focus on the most relevant threats and challenges.