Robot truck starts work in Afghanistan.
Built by Lockheed Martin, the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) is about to start field trials, with four of the units being sent to support US troops in Afghanistan. The 11 foot long vehicle can be driven manually, or set to follow preplanned paths or travel to waypoints using its advanced sensor system. It can even be set to follow a specific soldier.
The SMSS has a 125 mile range, and can carry 1200 pounds of cargo. While it will mainly find use transporting weapons, cargo, or even smaller robots, it could also be used to carry tired or wounded troops.