Michigan, USA—In a world first, British and American soldiers used Xbox-style controllers to drive drone 4×4 supply vehicles.

U.S. Army researchers from the Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) working alongside with their British counterparts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory tested unmanned resupply vehicles.

The tests took place in Michigan and lasted for a week.

Vehicles tested included a 4×4 Polaris MRZR, packed with GPS, cameras, and advanced sensors, heavy-duty trucks, and slick motorbikes. The research team aims to provide both armies with the option for drone logistical vehicles.  The cutting-edge technology is designed for getting much-needed supplies to the front line.

The 4×4 Polaris (MoD.gov.uk).

“One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our U.S. allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together,” said British Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin.

One of the trials involved a convoy lead by a British Army MAN SV 6-ton truck and followed by two US Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTV).  They were driven at low speeds and operated by soldiers in a remote location, similar to how pilots fly aerial drones.