Local Motors FLYPMode military vehicle designed and built in just 14 weeks…
Just over 3 months ago a team at Arizona-based Local Motors won the XC2V crowd sourced competition to develop a next-generation military vehicle. And already, the team has delivered the first working prototype of its FLYPMode concept.
The FLYPMode was designed with 360 degree visibility and protection being top priority. The vehicle uses a common chassis capable of performing both combat resupply and medical evacuation missions, and has room enough for six passengers.
A modular interior allows for many parts be to either be quickly removed for increased speed, or added to provide a wide range of additional technologies. This ability to be configured on the spot allows the vehicle to perform in both combat and search and rescue situations.
Local Motors FLYPMode
Although the vehicle itself is a great display of what modern technology can bring to military ground vehicles, the goal of this project was not focused on pushing the boundaries of technology but rather to see how fast a crowd sourced program could produce a prototype.
The Local Motor team took their FLYPMode design from a concept to a prototype in less than the 14 weeks allocated to complete the build; proving the program to be at least 5 times faster than those awarded to larger corporate contractors.
DARPA hopes crowd sourced program such at the XC2V will help speed up the design and development process of new technologies, and is planning to use a similar crowd sourced project to develop the military’s next-gen infantry fighting vehicle, the Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Combat Vehicle (FANG).