A-Drive, the Security Check’s New Toy

Meet the new gadget making its debut in the Judea and Samaria region: a remote-controlled car set to help vehicle security checks at crossings

Date: 11/01/2011, 6:23 PM     Author: Idan Seger, Bamahane magazine

The IDF (Zahal)’s new toy is no children’s game. This week, the A-Drive, a miniature, remote-controlled car assisting with security checks on vehicles, was put into use in battalions operating crossings. And this new device may be what stops the next terrorist attack.
The new robot is crash-resistant and is connected to five small cameras which photograph the underside of vehicles coming to the crossings. This allows for a full 360 degree check of the vehicles. The toy car can examine every point of a vehicle and alerts forces in case of suspicious movement.

The machine was developed by GOC Ground Forces and was recently tested in by the Taoz battalion of the Military Police, station at the Te’enim crossing of the Judea and Samaria region. The option for widespread use in all other crossings of the Judea and Samaria region is still being tested.

Battalions stationed in crossings say that the “A-Drive” is an efficient and quick solution to a security check weak point, which until this point had not been looked into. According to Commander of the Taoz battalion, Lt. Col. Erez Raban, the bottom parts of a vehicle are typically used to smuggle weaponry and other materials used in warfare. Sometimes even illegal immigrants can be found hiding in specially-designed compartments in the space between the car and road.

As of today, Taoz battalion soldiers are stationed in 34 crossings in the Judea and Samaria region, some of which do not include inspection holes to check the undersides of vehicles. Even at crossings that have inspection holes, their inspection isn’t done too frequently because it causes traffic jams and risks the lives of the soldiers checking the bottom area of the car. However, the soldiers from the battalion hope that the new robot will significantly improve the ability.

“A lot of the times when there is no real danger, we don’t take the vehicle to be checked in the inspection hole,” says Lt. Col. Raban. “With the new robot, we can perform example inspections that will intimidate those wanting to smuggle weapons, etc. It’s likely that the number of smuggling incidents discovered will rise because of it.”