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Activity title

CDT on Augmented Reality (AR) to Enhance Situational Awareness for Armoured Fighting Vehicle Crew

Activity Reference

AVT-334

Panel

Applied Vehicle Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Planning

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2019

End date

2022

Keywords

Armour Fighting vehicles, Augmented Reality, Situational Awareness

Background

In October 2015 a Research Specialists’ Meeting on AR (RSM-040) was held in Prague, Czech Republic, under the auspices of AVT-256, with the aims to present current state-of-the-art in AR technologies, to identify military applications driving their development, and to highlight remaining technological and HMI challenges. The RSM revealed research and technology strands that will contribute most to closing potential capability gaps and recommended establishing a research group focused on the development of a NATO standardized set of symbology for AFV crew Augmented Reality. A Research Task Group (AVT-290 RTG) was established to run from January 2018 to December 2020. The RTG explores the standards that must be in place to ensure a coherent implementation of AR technology into the combat environment with a focus on land platforms and their interaction with mounted and dismounted personnel. AVT-334 carries on the development work by organizing a demonstration on the benefits of AR in support of situational awareness for fighting vehicle crews.

Objectives

AVT-334 Cooperative Demonstration of Technology (CDT) will demonstrate the proposed AR symbology set to the user community. A key aim of this CDT is to engage with the user community across NATO to gain endorsement of the approach being taken, feedback on the draft symbology set and guidance on the way ahead. The objective of this activity is to plan and deliver a Cooperative Demonstration of Technology to demonstrate to the user community the work carried out under AVT-290 and the initial proposed symbology set in order to gain endorsement and direction for the way ahead. The CDT will be given to the Land Capability Group Land Engagement (LCG/LE) as it represents the NATO mounted (Combat Vehicle) community and is the body that will own any future STANAG or other standardization agreements covering this topic. The CDT will be linked to a LCG/LE meeting in order to facilitate wide attendance by key users from across NATO nations. The CDT is likely to consist of: • Presentations of work carried out • Presentations of the initial symbology set • Poster displays covering supporting activities • Demonstrations exploiting VR technologies to show the symbology in a simulated real world environment • Collection of user feedback through discussion and structured questionnaires

Topics

This RTG will cover the planning, delivery and reporting of a Cooperative Demonstration of Technology of symbology solutions for enhancing situational awareness for AFV crews. The RTG will cover: 1. Event planning. This will cover identifying a suitable LCG/LE date and venue, liaison with the LCG/LE meeting hosts and the CSO for CDT administration, defining format of presentations and demonstrations, defining the agenda, developing publicity and invite material and agreeing responsibilities. 2. CDT material agreement and preparation. This is likely to include: a) Presentations on work carried out b) Poster displays covering use cases development, background human factor research, symbology sets and assessment activities c) VR based demonstrations of the symbology and use d) Displays enabling technologies 3. Preparation of structure questionnaires for gaining user feedback. 4. Delivery a CDT event 5. Analysis of feedback and recommendations of the way ahead.

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