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DARPA Design moves round wheels onto triangular tracks in a moving vehicle – TechCrunch



DARPA presents a new technology for defense vehicles that is as futuristic as it is practical as part of its "Ground X-Vehicle Technologies" program. One of the innovations, a reconfigurable wheel track, comes from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in collaboration with DARPA. The wheel track is just one of a few constructions designed to enhance the survivability of combat vehicles beyond armor.

As you can see in the video, the reconfigurable wheel track demonstrates a seamless transition between a round wheel shape and a triangular track in about two seconds, and the shift between its two modes can be performed while the vehicle is in motion, without cutting speed , Round wheels are ideal for rough terrain, while running surfaces with treads allow an armored vehicle to move freely on soft ground.

According to Ground X-Vehicle program manager Major Amber Walker, the tech offers "immediate improvements in tactical mobility and maneuverability to diverse terrains" – an advantage that you can see in the GIF below.

While wheel technology does not sound so exciting, the result is visually stunning and smooth enough to allow double feed.

The other designs featured in the video are also worth mentioning. One of them offers window-less navigation technology called V-PANE (Virtual Perspectives Augmenting Natural Experiences), which integrates video from a series of mounted LIDAR and video cameras to create a real-time model of the environment of a windowless vehicle. Another windowless cockpit design creates "virtual windows" for a driver, with 3D eyewear for depth enhancement, head tracking, and wraparound window display screens that display real-time off-highway data.


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