What Do You Get When You Cross a Roomba and a Tractor?

By Deane Barker on October 26, 2004

John Deere, IRobot Team Up to Make Robot: In other news, trucker caps will soon become standard issue to our military forces.

Burlington-based iRobot Corp. will adapt the artificial intelligence technology used in its Roomba vacuums and portable PackBot military robots for a two-seat John Deere utility vehicle similar to ones the Pentagon already uses.

The Military Robotic Gator, or R-Gator, will be the first of its kind to use off-the-shelf technology, making it easier and less expensive to produce than existing, custom-made vehicles, the companies said.