67 F
San Diego
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022
-Advertisement-

Kratos’ Follow-the-Leader Hardware Hits the Highway

The internet, certain wireless phones and silicon-on-sapphire microchips are three examples of military technologies that made the jump to the commercial world.

Here’s one more.

This technology lets an autonomous vehicle follow another vehicle.

Micro Systems Inc., part of San Diego’s Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., developed the follow-the-leader hardware and software for the U.S. Army. Recently the Kratos subsidiary was part of a team that applied the technology to a highway work vehicle — specifically a “crash attenuator” truck, the kind with the giant bumper that follows highway crews as they do repairs or maintenance.

- Advertisement -

The team recently showed off its vehicle in a road-striping operation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About seven times a year, a motorist on Colorado’s highways hits a crash attenuator vehicle. “This is a dangerously high number when you consider that in some instances, a [highway department] employee is sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle that was hit,” Shailen Bhatt, executive director of that state’s transportation department, said in a prepared statement. “By using self-driving technology, we’re able to take the driver out of harm’s way while still effectively shielding roadside workers. Our partnership with Kratos proves that technology can take transportation safety to a new level and forever improve the way we work.”

Once retrofitted with a Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) automation kit, a vehicle will mimic the position, speed and direction of the manned vehicle ahead of it. Since it’s a retrofit, it is cost-effective, Kratos said in a statement.

The company took part in the Colorado project along with Royal Truck and Equipment and Colas Ltd. Financial terms of the project were not immediately available. Most of the same players are involved in a similar project in the United Kingdom.

Separately, Kratos said on Sept. 19 that it received $8.2 million in product orders “in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems.” It did not specify the client.

-Advertisement-

Featured Articles

-Advertisement-
-Advertisement-

Related Articles

-Advertisement-
-Advertisement-
-Advertisement-