University of Hull researchers are designing pioneering technology to get vital materiel to soldiers on the front line.
It's our response to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) challenge to industry and academia to come up with a way to use autonomous vehicles to supply troops in challenging environments.
More than 142 organisations - from small and medium-size enterprises to big defence contractors - submitted entries for the 'Last Mile' challenge, which is part of the MoD’s Innovation Initiative.
Just 25 projects were chosen. The University was one of only five organisations to win a bid to address the final part of the challenge: to autonomously predict, plan, track and optimise resupply demands from military users.
The Hull team had discussions with high-ranking military officers who detailed the specific requirements for such a system.
Nick Fletcher, Business Development Manager at the University’s Logistics Institute, said: “Although relatively small in distance, these resupply activities are challenging as they are in an environment that is typically hostile, complex and contested.