iRobot’s bots clear gutters and remove debris from floors. So it might come as a surprise to hear that they’ve been working on another breed of robots that can clear a road chalk full of mines.
The 710 Warrior machine is an APOBS (Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System) that fires a rocket down a road carrying behind it a rope of grenades. Upon explosion, which happens remotely via a human finger, it is designed to detonate up to 45 square meters of mines. It’s a sort of ground fired carpet bomb system.
Due to public fear and safety concerns the bots never made it to the battlefield. That’s odd, because the last time I checked UAVs weren’t exactly the most palatable form of warfare.