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Colorado soldiers to catch drone buses at Fort Carson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An Army-supported research program has plans to bring robotic buses to Colorado troops at Fort Carson.

The Gazette reports that the pilot program could eventually lead to autonomous delivery vehicles on Colorado Springs streets and is being used to see if automated transportation could save the Pentagon money.

Officials say the Army spends $435 million a year on noncombat vehicles to haul soldiers around posts, camps and stations.

The program is also supported by U.S. Ignite, a Washington D.C. organization seeking to use computer technology to improve urban life.

Officials say Fort Carson was picked because it has a 28,000 population of soldiers that borders Colorado Springs, bringing together the post, the city and researchers.

Officials say more details are expected as the Fort Carson program nears launch next year.

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