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Transformers (TX, Flying Car)



Abstract


The focus of transformers project at CMU was to develop a proof of concept autonomy for the TX vehicle. The vehicle will provide unprecedented options to avoid traditional and asymmetrical threats while avoiding road obstructions.The TX vehicle will avoid Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and ambushes, while also allowing the warfighter to approach targets from directions that give the warfighters the advantage in mobile ground operations.
The TX vehicle would be capable of transporting four people and 1,000 pounds of payload up to 250 nautical miles, either by land or by air. Its enhanced mobility would increase survivability by making movements less predictable and would make the vehicle suitable for a wide variety of missions. The key to the concept is the idea that the vehicle could be operated by a soldier without pilot training, mandating the capability to fly itself. The requirements from the autonomy include autonomous navigation with obstacle detection and avoidance, autonomous take off and landing, straight in landing without hover.
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CMU Press Release (link)

DARPA Program Page (link)

DARPA BAA (link)