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DASA calls for Robotic and Autonomous logistics solutions

DASA is looking for innovative proposals for autonomous and robotic systems in logistics convoys. Photo: DASA

The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is scoping the potential for funding opportunities to develop the use of robotic and autonomous systems in logistic convoy operations. It seeks proposals from industry and researchers. Submissions must be submitted by Tuesday 29 September 2020.

On behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), DASA aims to better understand the current market capability of robotic and autonomous systems that potentially require further investment or experimentation by the MOD. They are interested in both early technology and mature systems with the potential for integration onto military vehicles.

DASA is keen to explore the area further and better understand the operational limitations of different technological approaches.

This information will inform them about the maturity of the solutions that currently exist, novel solutions in development and areas that potentially require further investment by MOD.

This request for information is not a commitment to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.

In particular DASA is seeking to understand the capability provided by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced autonomous distribution systems and to understand current early technology and mature solutions in this space. This includes autonomy enabled logistics convoys where RAS allows ‘intelligent trailers’ or driverless trucks to be linked together, thereby reducing personnel and fuel requirements, and more mature technology that might allow fully autonomous logistic distribution.

Key Areas:

  1. Autonomous driving and navigation technologies; and

2. Leader-follower autonomy.

Responses to this market exploration must be submitted via the DASA submission service, for which you will be required to register.

Submissions must be submitted by Tuesday 29 September 2020.

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