Australia: New South Wales (NSW)-based Marathon Robotics, with the backing of the New South Wales Government, has snared USD 57 million contract with the US Marines to trial advanced robot technology for training soldiers in live firing exercises.
Marathon Robotics CEO, Dr Alex Brooks, said the Rover system was developed at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems in conjunction with the Australian Department of Defence. “The Rover uses a GPS and a scanning laser rangefinder for navigation, positioning and obstacle detection and avoidance.”
Announcing the contract, the New South Wales Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development, Eric Roozendaal, said that the NSW Government helped the development of the robotics technology through its support of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and in May hosted a visit by the US Marine Corps to assess the technology.
“Now the NSW Government is helping Marathon Robotics target worldwide exports through Industry & Investment NSW and its Australian Technology Showcase (ATS), export and Innovation Pathways programs.”
Based at the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh, Marathon Robotics, was founded by three PhD students from the University of Sydney. The Marathon Robotics system uses free-ranging robots protected by armour plating to train marksmen.