Applied intuition was awarded a two-year contract worth up to $49 million to provide an “end-to-end autonomy software development and testing platform” for the robotic combat vehicle program of the military, the company said Monday.
The Army worked with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to select the Silicon Valley-based company for the job, which aims to advance the RCV program on requirements for off-road maneuvers, evasive obstacles and safety.
“We are excited to bring our proven enterprise autonomy development toolchain to the Army RCV program,” said Qasar Younis, co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition, in a statement. “Our modeling and simulation development environment will enable the continuous improvement of autonomy software throughout the program life cycle and ultimately improve the Army’s broader approach to battery development. autonomy.”
While the Army has been experimenting with light and medium versions of robotic fighting vehicles (RCVs), Doug Bush, the Army’s top procurement official, confirmed in August that the service plans to go from l ‘for now with a focus on developing the light variantRCV-L (daily defenseAugust 3).
Bush at the time said the military was particularly focused on the software element of robotic platforms to ensure the ability to leverage technology on a range of platforms.
“From an acquisition perspective, we are focused on…, in particular, software, which will be essential for all ground robotics programs in the future. Getting it right early will be critical,” Bush said.
Bush noted that the Army has separated the software elements of RCV in its software acquisition pathway effort “because we want this control software to be common across many robotic platforms.”
Colin Carroll, government relations manager for Applied Intuition, noted that the company’s deal with the military was awarded through the Software Acquisition Pathway, which he called a “historic achievement” for software acquisition. modeling and simulation businesses.
“We look forward to helping the RCV program and the DoD quickly and safely expand production of autonomous systems,” Carroll said in a statement.
Applied Intuition said the modeling and simulation platform it will provide to the Army’s RCV program office will be used to “manage the development and testing of mission autonomy and mobility software for the RCV”.
The military also detailed its efforts to develop your own autonomy software called the Robotic Technology Core, or RTK, which was integrated on its RCV-L and RCV-M prototypes (daily defenseMarch 16).
Applied Intuition is also a member of General dynamics of earth systems‘ [GD] team competing for the army optional manned combat vehicle competition and helps support the development of GD’s new Katalyst vehicle architecture (daily defenseOctober 4).