The United States has presented an innovative project for robot dogs to guard its border.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled trials the nation is conducting with quadruped robots on the southern border.
According to the agency, these machines have been tested in various functions focused on surveillance and it has explained that the trials were successful.
“The southern border can be an inhospitable place for man and beast, and that is exactly why a machine can excel there,” explains Brenda Long, program manager for the DHS research and development branch, Science Directorate. and Technology (S&T).
“This S&T-led initiative is focused on Automated Ground Surveillance Vehicles, or what we call ‘AGSVs.’ Essentially, the AGSV program is about robot dogs.”
These machines are built by Ghost Robotics, the main rival of Boston Dynamics. Its best-known model is the Ghost Vision 60, which is 76 centimeters tall and weighs 32 kilograms. It is also capable of traveling a long distance in three hours on a single battery charge.
This prototype moves autonomously or can be controlled manually. It can be equipped with thermal and night vision cameras, among other useful implements for surveillance in isolated sectors.
Although the company has tested some of these robots equipped with firearms, the surveillance project of the Department of Homeland Security does not contemplate this type of equipment.
The DHS explains that it has tested these robot dogs in different tasks along the border, autonomously patrolling some pre-established GPS waypoints, while carrying cameras and different sensors.
They can also inspect train cars and explore different residential buildings.