The Australian Department of Defence is partnering with Perth-based robotics company to develop a new robotic command and control system.
Chironix has signed a $160,000 contract with the Department to deliver the new technology which is designed to safely evacuate casualties from the battlefield using an autonomous vehicle.
The new technology, which is currently in the proof-of-concept stage, will enable deployed soldiers to request supplies and carry out logistical tasks with the help of robots.
Chironix develops software for robots that customises them for defence uses, as well as other sectors such as mining, construction and oil and gas.
Under the new agreement Chironix will also explore the use of driverless technology in vehicle convoys across a range of difficult military environments.
“Technological evolution and innovation in land combat and protected vehicle capability is integral to giving Australia a warfighting edge,” said Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price.
“A key contributor to this will be the development of a robust, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry.
“It is for that reason that the Morrison government is proud to partner with Chironix and invest in developing autonomous systems capabilities.
“Our investment helps create a highly skilled workforce and intellectual property that will enable the ongoing and agile evolution of land combat and protected vehicle technologies.”