If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on it’s that it is a terrible idea to pick a fight with a robot tank equipped with a .50-caliber machine gun. That’s something that the U.S. Marine Corp is clearly hoping qualifies as a self-evident truth, based on its current testing of just such a vehicle for use in future battlefields.
Called the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT), the vehicles are being developed by General Dynamics. They’re around the size of an ATV, and are available in four-wheeled, six-wheeled, or eight-wheeled tracked variations — providing a maximum of 1,200-pound payloads. The MUTT can function in one of two modes: either semi-autonomous, which means as a “controller-less small unit robotic follower,” or remote-controlled using a tablet or joystick.
However, the ambition is that over time they will evolve to be smarter in a way that will make them even more valuable for working alongside humans.