In December 2022, Kodiak won a $50 million two-year contract with the Department of Defense. It had to create a self-driving autonomous vehicle in line with the Army’s Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle program.
It also had to follow the Software Acquisition Pathways strategy, allowing the department to get hardware and software solutions separately, ensuring the best combination for both in pursuing persistent modernization. The robotics company will build and deliver two examples of the self-driving Ford F-150 as part of the program.
Kodiak started testing the autonomous vehicle at a US military base in November 2023. Once the testing phase is completed, the robotics company will put its system into a purpose-built ground reconnaissance vehicle.