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Textron and Shield AI seek to improve unmanned operations in denied environments

14th October 2020 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Two companies work on proof-of-concept to enhance capabilities of autonomous platforms

Textron Systems and Shield AI announced on 13 October that they are teaming up to support ‘advanced, multi-domain autonomy for a variety of military applications’.

The two companies are cooperating on a proof-of-concept to integrate Shield AI software into unmanned systems from Textron.

The overall aim is to use AI to enable UAVs, UGVs and unmanned naval systems to operate and maneouvre in denied environments.

Textron senior VP Wayne Prender said: ‘We are continuously enhancing our autonomous platforms to meet stated and anticipated future requirements for our customers. We look forward to collaborating with Shield AI on this shared priority.’

Shield AI platforms include Hivemind Edge, which integrates and orchestrates numerous computing power-intensive AI processes for denied-area estimation, mapping, scene understanding, high-level reasoning and other functions.

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