Assessing the Impact of Bi-directional Information Flow in Unmanned Ground Vehicle Operation: A Pilot Study

Report No. ARL-TR-4411
Authors: Marshal A. Childers, Barry A. Bodt, Susan G. Hill, Robert M. Dean, William F. Dodson, and Lyle G. Sutton
Date/Pages: March 2008; 40 pages
Abstract: In June 2007, the Robotics Program Office of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and General Dynamics Robotics Systems engaged in an exploratory assessment of how bi-directional information flow impacts unmanned ground vehicle operation. The purposes of the pilot study were to frame scenarios, protocol, infrastructure, and metrics for future experimentation and to provide current data feedback for the architecture developers. The study was conducted at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, over two distinct areas of rolling vegetated terrain with the experimental unmanned vehicle. In this report, we share the findings of the impact of bi-directional information flow on observed XUVic behavior, discuss the associated impact on the operator, and relate lessons learned.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2008