An Army project closes a door, turns on a window and offers a virtual view of the outside world.
Researchers are developing new ways of enabling troops inside personnel carriers to see their outside environment with- out increasing their vulnerability to hos- tile fire. The goal is to provide enhanced
360-degree situational awareness from sensors
installed on a vehicle as well as from other off-board
cameras in the area.
Service members sitting inside certain armor-pro-tected military vehicles are often similar to sardines,
encased in a metal box with no means for ascertaining their surroundings. These all-metal, no-window
platforms put troops at a definite disadvantage,
unable to eyeball threats or opportunities.
A rapid-development group is working to
improve knowledge of the outside environment
using a glass-pane alternative that fits onto the
back door of such platforms. The team also has