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Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Design a Military Rescue Vehicle

Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Design a Military Rescue Vehicle

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Published by: Crowdsourcing.org on Mar 10, 2011
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Local MotorsOpen-source design often leads to great software, such as the Linux operating system and the Firefox web browser. But can the military use the concept to create a new rescue vehicle? See the designs here.Sure, you can drive it. But can you build it?The army's secretive technology division has been collecting dozens of ideas for the design of its in-the-worksrescue vehicle via a social-media contest -- relying solely on the power of the crowd to get the nextbig thing built.So perhaps the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will build the Armadillo, avehicle with an extendable "tail" that creates more room in a back compartment for up to three injuredwar fighters to rest comfortably until they return to base for medical attention.It has terrific wide windows for a good look around and a roof that slides open if you need to take a 360-degree survey of the area.Or maybe the Department of Defense (DoD) instead will produce the Padré, a reconfigurable vehicle thatprovides maximum comfort to the scout team riding in it. Soldiers can change its modular storagesystem to hold cargo or to connect sensor units or a weapon.Or DARPAcould choose to cruise in the T34: Soldiers can connect light armor panels to its side whenthey enter a hot zone to rescue their compatriots -- and ditch the armor to roll really fast. It sportsperiscope visors along its side to expand the field of vision for the crew, regardless of its armored state.As intriguing as these vehicles are, what's cooler is the idea behind it: the potential for ordinary people tocollaborate on something as important as a new military vehicle.Anyone at all can submit a design, draw over existing designs or provide in-depth comments for their creators to incorporate. Designs can then be adapted and resubmitted, up until the deadline.Local Motorsof Chandler, Ariz., is running the competition, officially known as the Experimental Crowd-derivedCombat-support Vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge, through March 10.It’s not so different than when multiple users edit a page onWikipedia, LocalMotorsCEO John Rogers told FoxNews.com.

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