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Outlined herein is the Modular Vehicle [MODV] concept as a cost effective, utilitarian, and
highly functional vehicle concept for the changing demands placed on a MAGTF [Marine
Air-Ground Task Force] or SP-MAGTF [Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force] in
the 21st century. A large focus is put on the importance of modularity and cost effectiveness
of having a 24 hour configurable vehicle to a specific mission and area of operation.
Off-road vehicle progression through history is presented and successful design features are
noted in order to develop underlying goals for the modular vehicle. The thesis emphasizes
recent technology advancements that can shift the foundations of vehicle design including
wheel hub motors, high capacity batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, autonomy, structural health
monitoring, energy harvesting shock absorbers, non-pneumatic tires, and drive-by-wire options.
Predictions on the outlook for the technology progressions is discussed to give insight
into the viability of basing a vehicle concept on these technologies. Finally, physical design
bounds are presented to provide a foundation for the future design of such a vehicle.