LOGAN, Utah – February 15, 2018 – Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) has been named a finalist for the 2018 Edison Awards for its work in the development of the Autonomous Tractor Concept with CNH Industrial and its brands Case IH and New Holland Agriculture.

ASI is the autonomous technology provider for CNH Industrial, parent company of Case IH and New Holland Agriculture and jointly announced the Autonomous Tractor Concept with those companies in late 2016.

ASI and CNHi Autonomous Tractor Concept

The Autonomous Tractor Concept is the first fully functioning large scale autonomous tractor. It is capable of autonomous seeding, planting, and tillage for broad acre and row crop farming. The vehicles are also capable of obstacle detection which will enhance safety in the agriculture industry.

The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Edison, recognizes and honors the world’s best in innovators and innovations. The Edison Awards will announce gold, silver and bronze award winners at the 31st Annual Edison Awards held April 11 in New York City.

“We’re delighted that the Autonomous Tractor Concept has been selected as a finalist in the Edison Awards,” says Bret Turpin, project manager for ASI Agriculture. “There are many other great companies and exciting products being listed and we’re excited to be listed alongside them.”

ASI previously won an Edison Award in 2013 for its patented Guideline Robotic Convoy System. Guideline is a ground vehicle convoy solution that tethers unmanned follower vehicles to a manned or unmanned lead vehicle. Follower vehicles execute the exact path the leader takes.

All nominations are reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee with the final ballot being sent to an independent judging panel. Final winners will be announced April 11, 2018. The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

For more information on the Edison Awards, please visit www.edisonawards.com.

About Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) designs and manufactures unmanned vehicle systems, software, and components that are OEM agnostic. ASI’s robotic kits and command and control software can be leveraged in a variety of industries including agriculture, automotive, mining, military, security, and industrial applications. ASI’s vehicle automation kits are OEM independent and have been used for many different applications. Clients have experienced enhanced safety, increased efficiency, and improved accuracy.

For over 18 years, ASI has been a leader in vehicle automation. ASI has a strong software team which makes up over half of its engineering work force. ASI’s Mobius software allows for command and control of a fleet of vehicles in addition to ease of use, industry specific task planning, and vehicle diagnostics. ASI has extensive experience automating vehicles of all shapes and sizes with an emphasis on systems integration, obstacle detection and avoidance, tele-operation, and fully autonomous controls.

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ASI added to 2014 RBR50 list

The Robotics Business Review (RBR) recently announced the 2014 RBR50 list which recognizes fifty of the most promising robotics companies in the world. The list includes organizations like Google, Caterpillar, Boeing, Northrup Gruman, and iRobot. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is pleased to be selected to this elite group.

More than 1500 nominations were received for the 2014 list. The RBR editorial team and an advisory council of respected industry professionals narrowed these nominations to fifty that receive RBR50 distinction. This year's RBR50 list is a diverse group representing thirteen countries, both public and private sectors, and sizes ranging from startups to billion dollar corporations.

"This international sampling of innovators were recognized based on their innovation, ground breaking applications, commercial success and/or commercial potential," the RBR team stated in their press release.

This is a great way to kick off 2014, and we're working hard to make sure this is an annual recognition.

"Most importantly, 2014's RBR50 is indicative of the industries where Robotics Business Review has noted significant growth over the last year, and points to tectonic shifts in the kinds of robots being developed for those markets."

On November 1, 2013, Autonomous Solutions, Inc. celebrated their thirteenth year of business. Since November 2000, ASI has automated more than sixty different types of vehicles; deploy hundreds of robots worldwide; and provided solutions that improve productivity and safety in challenging spaces, including: military, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and automotive.

As the year winds down, we have an opportunity to pause and reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. This past year was full of exciting events, notable implementations, product releases, and industry awards.

This article will take you through some of the more prominent happenings during ASI's Year Thirteen.

Mar 2013—ASI adopts AGILE development methodology
To deliver the best possible product while being able to accommodate customer feedback, ASI teams adopt AGILE development methodologies.

Apr 2013—Guideline Receives Bronze Edison Award
On April 25th, the prestigious Edison Awards selected ASI's Guideline Robotic Convoy product as a 2013 Bronze winner. Guideline is a tethered, unmanned convoy system currently undergoing in-theater testing.

Ford Robotic Durability Program

Jun 2013—Ford Motor Company Announces Robotic Program
Ford Motor Company announced its robotic durability testing program designed to protect drivers from their most punishing test tracks. ASI's automotive team worked with Ford engineers for three years to supply the vehicle robotics for Ford's program.

Jul 2013—USPTO Issues Two New Trademarks
ASI adds to its store of intellectual property with two new trademarks for the Forecast 3D laser system and the Vantage obstacle detection and avoidance system.

Aug 2013—ASI Announces New Forge Robotic Platform at AUVSI
ASI unveils the new Forge robotic platform at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington DC. The new product answer the need for an x-by-wire robotic platform usable across multiple industries.

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Hardware Innovation of the Year AwardASI and Ford Motor Company received the 2013 Hardware Innovation of the Year Award from the Automotive Testing Technology International group


PETERSBORO, UT—November 18, 2013. The Automotive Testing International magazine announced today that Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) and Ford Motor Company won the 2013 Hardware Innovation of the Year Award. The two companies teamed up to develop Ford's robotic durability testing program which was officially announced in June. The program uses robotic components and software developed by ASI to convert Ford testing vehicles from manual to robotic control. The automation technology improves safety for test drivers who were at risk of injury from prolonged exposure to rough test tracks.

"Removing the risk of long-term spinal injuries to human test drivers from essential durability trials demonstrates a commitment by Ford to both its employees undertaking the work, as well as to the customers for whom it develops vehicles that can take the punishment," said Keith Read, columnist for the Automotive Testing Technology International publication and member of judging body for the award.

Ford engineers worked with ASI specialists for three years to develop, tune, and test the robotic kits for use at Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds. Ford test vehicles equipped with robotic technology have now accumulated tens of thousands of miles of testing data.

"We are honored to be selected for this year's Hardware Innovation of the Year Award," said Mel Torrie, President and CEO of ASI. "This award represents the hard work and ingenuity of many talented individuals from both Ford and ASI. Ford's robotic durability program shows how far unmanned technology has come and how useful it can be to improve safety and productivity."

The Hardware Innovation of the Year Award is given annually to recognize innovative technology solutions in the automotive vehicle development community. Readers and editorial staff contribute nominations which are reviewed by an independent body of expert judges.

Robotics Business Review Game Changer Award Logo


SANTA CLARA, CA—October 23, 2013. The Robotics Business Review announced today that the Forge™ Robotic Platform received its inaugural Game Changer Award. Forge, developed by Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), was nominated for the award in the Autonomous Navigation category—one of eight categories for current and emerging robotic technologies. The winners were announced in a press release this afternoon in conjunction with the RoboBusiness 2013 conference now underway in Santa Clara, CA.

"Every entry was eminently worthy of an award," said Tom Green, Editor-in-Chief of Robotics Business Review. The Game Changer Award received nominations from a global audience in a range of industries.

"Every product entered displayed an imaginative concept, innovative engineering, and great practicality. Every entry is a marvelous contribution to robotics. All of which made the judging ever so difficult."

The eight-person review panel for the Game Changer award represented an expert, cross-industry perspective including business, engineering, and academia. Each nomination was rated for standout attributes, design, functionality, benefit to robotics as a whole, and impact to the nomination category.

With high marks in each focus area, Forge joins an elite class of robotics solutions receiving the Game Changer distinction.

ASI developed Forge to answer the need for a single platform capable of performing a variety of autonomous, cross-industry duties. Forge leverages advanced vehicle robotics and more than a hundred skid steer attachments to enable full automation of tasks such as mowing, trenching, street painting, and sweeping.

"We've had a lot of requests for an x-by-wire solution," said Mel Torrie, ASI's President & CEO. "We developed Forge to meet that need, and the Game Changer award is an indication that we're very close to where we need to be. We're honored to receive this recognition from the Robotics Business Review and many of our industry peers."

Guideline Robotic Convoy System joined an elite group of innovations by winning Bronze in the Applied Technology: Safety category.


CHICAGO, IL—April 26, 2013. The Edison Awards, celebrating 26 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announces that the Guideline® Robotic Convoy System was voted a bronze winner for innovation in the Applied Technology: Safety category at the April 25th event at Navy Pier in Chicago. Mel Torrie, President and CEO of Autonomous Solutions, Inc., joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world's most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all the 2013 Edison Award winners.

Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. joins other bronze winning companies such as Starbucks Coffee Company, Black & Decker, General Motors Company, Intuit, Target Corporation, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

"Our judges recognized Guideline as a true innovator out of the many products in its category," said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

Guideline uses a Kevlar cord to connect unmanned vehicles to a lead vehicle. Sensors in the Guideline unit measure the cord to determine the direction, speed, and distance of the lead vehicle and relay the data to the unmanned computer system of the follower vehicle. The vehicle control system then plots a course that exactly mimics the lead vehicle's pathway.

Using this Guideline, robotic convoys can be up to (10) vehicles long and travel safely at highway speeds. Guideline is being tested by the US military in active combat zones to protect drivers from roadside explosives or enemy fire.

Guideline was chosen as a finalist from more than 7100 products nominated for this year's Edison Awards™ competition. The ballot of nominees was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, and medical.

"It is an honor for Guideline to be recognized with the Bronze Edison Award," said Torrie. "I think it's a great way to celebrate the hard work and effort that went into this product by our development and software teams. We believe that Guideline is a game-changing innovation with a real ability to save lives."


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—March 6, 2013. Guideline® Robotic Convoy System has been named a 2013 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. Guideline by Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is a Finalist in the Applied Technologies (Safety) category, one of twelve categories honored by the Edison Awards.

The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

"More than any year, this year's slate of Finalists demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus, market awareness and game-changing success," said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards' executive director.

"It's exciting to see companies like Autonomous Solutions continuing Thomas Edison's legacy of challenging conventional thinking."

"This is a great honor to be selected as an Edison Award Finalist," said Mel Torrie, CEO of ASI. "Guideline is a simple, but innovative solution to autonomous convoying that will save lives and also increase productivity. We're excited that the Edison Award Panelists also recognized Guideline's benefits and potential."

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists' success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.

The Panel includes members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), the American Association Advertising Agencies (4As) the Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO), the Design Management Institute (DMI), the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Association of Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Also on the Panel are hundreds of past Edison Award winners, marketing professionals, scientists, designers, engineers and academics.

Award winners will be announced April 25, 2013, at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom at historic Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators.

The 2013 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, and USA Today. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

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About ASI

For nearly 14 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, military, and manufacturing industries with robotic solutions ranging from driver assistance to full, multi-vehicle autonomy. ASI's world-class engineering staff is dedicated to the ideals of innovation, safety, simplicity, and quality.

Teamed with UXOD Automation (composed of ASI, SAIC, Kairos Autonomi, and Zonge International), ASI took first prize in 2011′s RoboticRange Clearance Competition (R2C2) sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Army Corps of Engineers.

Using ASI’s vehicle automation expertise, software, and controls, ASI demonstrated robotic vegetation clearance (including tree removal using an autonomous John Deere Feller-Buncher), surface clearance, subsurface mapping, and robotic excavation of buried UXO (Unexploded Ordinance). The competition took place on August 7-14, 2011, at Camp Guernsey, WY.

Description of the Event from the competition’s website: The Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) in collaboration with the US Air Force and US Army conducted R2C2 to foster the ability to clear training ranges of debris and unexploded ordnance (UXO) using robotic technologies.

The purpose of R2C2 was to quickly tap into the innovation and ingenuity of the commercial robotic technology sector to improve the safety and effectiveness of the four tasks traditionally associated with range clearing operations: 1) Vegetation Clearance, 2) Surface Clearance, 3) Geophysical Mapping, 4) Subsurface Clearance.