The debate over how drones should be used by the military has been a hot topic in the news for the last few years. However, a company called Advanced Tactics Incorporated has one that is harder to argue against. The Black Knight Transformer has a name from a Michael Bay movie, and the looks of a transport container with wheels and rotors, but how it actually functions is pretty cool. It's designed to autonomously evacuate casualties from the battlefield or deliver supplies.

Development is still quite early for the autonomous flying truck, and the company says this video shows its first driving and flying in public. Even at this raw stage, the drone can perform computer-controlled hover flight. The video shows that it can also be piloted remotely or from inside. If the Black Knight can live up to its promises, then it might be able to save lives. Scroll down to watch the possible future of military drones.


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      westwood
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks like the strapped a bunch of VW motors to a shipping container...
        d.hollywood
        • 7 Months Ago
        @westwood
        Yeah...well the first Mercedes was no raving beauty either.
      mr ortiz
      • 7 Months Ago
      put some of that money back in my wallet,and stop wasting it .
      EskimoPie
      • 7 Months Ago
      Interesting... A bit funny that they clearly used a drone to make marketing video of the larger drone... a commercial use of a drone that is apparently illegal at the moment.
      Dump
      • 7 Months Ago
      Military contractors should just stop playing around & build a scaled-down model of the S.H.I.E.L.D. flying aircraft carrier. I know a real one would be hard to miss - that clean camo image tech aint here yet - but "what if...," right?
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      so it hovers about 6 feet with no payload? impressive
      kingrameses0159
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is an idea in initial stages.I remember my first desk top in. 1985 with no applications and what a waste of 2500$. Give it some time,don't be so fast in verdict.
      Peter Burjanec
      • 7 Months Ago
      Is it good at flying? Is it good at driving? If it fails at both, then don't show a barely working proof of concept.
      Michael Scoffield
      • 7 Months Ago
      But why does it move so damn slow? And why does it need a human driver/pilot ? This is a very, very lame helicopter ! Nothing more !
      SethG
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't think I'd trust that think to make Amazon deliveries, let alone evacuate people from the battlefield.
      Michael Scoffield
      • 7 Months Ago
      Forgot to mention that it's also, really, really loud. This thing would get shot down in combat in 10 seconds, with the wounded inside.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yawn.
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm the first guy in line for one when they hit surplus.
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