As the U.S. military prepares to expand its land vehicle fleet in Houston, Texas, it’s time to consider the risks of testing on human-powered vehicles, including potentially life-threatening infections.
Land Rover, the world’s largest land vehicle maker, is testing a vehicle to be tested in Houston by a consortium of scientists from the University of Houston, the University at Albany, the California Institute of Technology and the University in Paris, among others.
But there’s also the risk of contaminating the testing site and making it unsafe for human employees to enter, the researchers wrote in the March issue of the journal PLOS ONE.
To get around this, Land Rover and the researchers at the University for Innovation and Innovation (UII) at the Louisiana State University are building a land rover.
Land Rovers are not only safer than traditional vehicles, but also more efficient, said David Mascarenhas, a research associate at UII.
“It’s not a matter of whether the rover will be safer than a traditional vehicle,” Mascares said.
“We’re looking at what’s possible with the technology.”
Land Rover has already been testing its new “Titan” Land Rover Discovery in the Houston area.
It’s been used in Texas for nearly two decades, Mascarsanhas said.
Landrovers are designed to carry heavy loads on long-haul missions.
The vehicle is also designed to perform high-energy maneuvers, such as going into a deep freeze.
Land rover tests are done by the UII group using the rover’s onboard testing equipment, including thermal cameras and a thermal imaging suite.
A team of five researchers is conducting testing for Land Rover at a test site in Houston and will be using a vehicle from the university.
Land rovers are used to test vehicles on land.
“There are lots of different vehicles that can be used to conduct these kinds of tests, but the Titan is unique,” said Mascare, who is a doctoral student at the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“If we want to be able to do this in a safe environment, we need a vehicle that can withstand the extreme conditions.”
The Titan, a vehicle originally designed to be used by the military in Iraq, is the only vehicle currently in the U-2 program.
It is a military research vehicle that is equipped with advanced sensors and thermal imaging equipment that can detect and measure chemical and biological hazards.
It also carries a suite of other sensors and technology that will allow the vehicle to operate in any weather conditions, including a “dry ice” test that is used to evaluate the effectiveness of chemicals and other hazards in a dry ice environment.
“Titans are very good at finding and testing biological and chemical hazards on land,” Mavares said, adding that a lot of that is done by “laboratory technicians” rather than the “radar technicians” who test chemical and other hazardous materials on land, but “that is still very important in testing for those.”
The new Titan vehicle will be used for testing purposes for the foreseeable future, Mavarsanhis said.
The researchers, who are using the Titan as a model for their work, plan to take it for a test drive later this year in Houston.
The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the UIAA and the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
The full study will be published in PLOS One later this month.