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Smart Base Fact Sheet: Automated Vehicle Pilot at Fort Carson

Published Sept. 18, 2020
Polaris GEM automated vehicle with automation designed by Perron Robotics and operated by First Transit will provide transportation service on U.S. Garrison, Fort Carson.

Polaris GEM automated vehicle with automation designed by Perron Robotics and operated by First Transit will provide transportation service on U.S. Garrison, Fort Carson.

Greensight Dreamer drone currently used in agriculture applications will be adapted for airfield debris detection.

Greensight Dreamer drone currently used in agriculture applications will be adapted for airfield debris detection.

Butts Army Airfield foreign object debris (FOD) management program ensures safety of personnel and aircraft.

Butts Army Airfield foreign object debris (FOD) management program ensures safety of personnel and aircraft.

A 4G/LTE communication network with 5G components will allow dynamic analytics of AV and other sensor data.

A 4G/LTE communication network with 5G components will allow dynamic analytics of AV and other sensor data.

Objective: This project is a collaboration of the Army, smart city organizations, academia, and industry elements to plan, develop, demonstrate, and employ automated vehicle (AV) technologies at Fort Carson, Colorado, for a yearlong pilot deployment that began in July 2020 to evaluate how automated technology can enhance mission readiness, and assess the potential to reduce base operating costs, improve safety and enhance quality of life for military service members and their families, and provide transportation services more efficiently and effectively. Successful performance at Fort Carson during this yearlong study offers expansion opportunities into the surrounding community through cooperative efforts with state and local governments. This project advances past research and will enhance installation understanding of the process, infrastructure, human factors, and data systems involved in AV deployments in order to collect and analyze data that will be used for onsite operations, and will also contribute to a collaborative research initiative between Fort Carson and the city of Colorado Springs. Researchers will apply analytics to the jointly collected datasets with a long-term goal of developing machine-learning models that manage and prioritize transportation resources based on safety, usage rates, and community needs.

 

Impact:

·        People: Service members, families, and guests at Fort Carson will have the opportunity to interact with the AV shuttle as riders or while utilizing the installation transportation system. Airfield visitors will see AV drones detect and analyze foreign object debris to improve safety 

·        Place: The AV will provide shuttle service along a route that includes the Ivy Replacement Center, the post exchange, the commissary, and the gym in the evening hours

·        Policy: Demonstrating fully operable AV technology on a military installation and within the surrounding community has far reaching implications on mobility service policies across the federal government

·        Partnership: This project enhances federal, state, local, academia, and commercial sector cooperation by partnering to demonstrate AV viability on installations and within the community while conducting research to quantify the requirements, cost savings, and data integration opportunities of the technology

Federal partner roles:

·        Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA IE&E): Strategic integration lead

·        U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC): Research lead

·        U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) and Installation Management Command (IMCOM):  Proponency and service lead

·        Fort Carson and 4th Infantry Division: Operations and support lead



Other Partner roles:

·        US Ignite: Smart city technology lead

·        First Transit/Perrone Robotics: AV shuttle service and technology provider

·        Greensight: AV airfield survey technology provider

·        University of Colorado Boulder: Academic partner for AV and human analytics

 

Points of Contact

Mr. Jim P. Allen
ERDC AV Project Manager

James.P.Allen@usace.army.mil

Tami Gale
USAG, Fort Carson
Tami.R.Gale.civ@mail.mil

Carmen Daugherty
ERDC, Public Affairs
Carmen.S.Daugherty@usace.army.mil

Updated 18 Sept. 2020