06 Jul '17, 9pm

Marine Corps Wants Smart Trucks That Can Pretty Much Repair Themselves

Marine Corps Wants Smart Trucks That Can Pretty Much Repair Themselves

In the not-too-distant future, Marine Corps 7-ton trucks may be able to diagnose worn-out parts before they go bad, put in an order for a relevant replacement and get the part 3D printed and shipped to their location to be installed — all without a human in the loop. It’s an aspiration that illustrates the possibilities of smart logistics, said Lt. Gen. Michael Dana, the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics (I&L). And the process has already begun to make it a reality. In the fall of 2016, Marines at Fort Leonard Wood , Missouri equipped about 20 military vehicles, including Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements, known as MTVRs or 7-tons, and massive tractor-trailers known as Logistics Vehicle System Replacements, or LVSRs, with engine sensors designed to anticipate and identify key parts failures. It’s a commercially available technology that som...

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