Texas A&M Developing a Killer Vehicle Barrier

Holy Crap Watch This Barrier Absolutely Destroy A Truck

Holy Crap Watch This Barrier Absolutely Destroy A Truck1234

If you were driving that truck, you’d be dead. Very, very dead.

Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute has a contract with the US State Department to develop barriers that could stop a truck laden with explosives traveling at 50 MPH, according to theTexas Tribune. And really, that it is all it is expected to do, as the Tribune notes rather ominously:

The ability of a driver to survive such a crash is not a primary concern.

Just judging from the video alone, the test looked like a rousing success, especially when you’re worried about protecting embassies from a possible terrorist threat. It’s not a far-fetched threat, either, as truck bombs seriously damaged two US embassies, and killed over 200 people in acoordinated 1998 attack.

But damn is that barrier strong.

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Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

samsung sgr a1A Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally – as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors.

The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the work of its human counterparts over at the demilitarized zone at the South and North Korea border, so that there will be a minimal loss of life on the South Korean side just in case things turn sour between the two neighbors.

First announced in 2006 (where obvious improvements have been made since, and I am not surprised if much of it remained as classified information), this $200,000, all weather, 5.56 mm robotic machine gun also sports an optional grenade launcher. It will make use of its IR and visible light cameras to track multiple targets and remains under the control of a human operator from a remote location. Basically, it claims to be able to β€œidentify and shoot a target automatically from over two miles (3.2 km) away.” Scary! When used on the DMZ, this robot will not distinguish between friend or foe – anyone who crosses the line is deemed as an enemy.

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