Marines robo-truck

Marines robo-truck

The US Marines are testing a driverless vehicle called the GUSS - the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate – at the Warfighting Lab in Hawaii. The GUSS can be driven by a driver like normal, or if needed, can be driven remotely or operate autonomously. On the downside, the GUSS has a top speed of about 8km/h – but it’s only a prototype, and the technology will surely only get better from here. The GUSS is made by US company Torc Robotics, funded by DARPA, the US military research body.

On a side note, could no-one have thought of a cooler name than GUSS? Fair enough, some military acronyms become more palatable the longer you’re exposed to them: the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee as we’ve come to know it, is perhaps the Worst Acronym In The History Of Acronyms (WAITHOA) but we’re used to it now. But GUSS?

Any better suggestions for the name, add them in the comments below…