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PETERSBORO, UT—July 31, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announced today it has begun a program with the EOD Robotics Group at ARDEC (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ) to transition its real-time 3D visualization technology to the MTRS Talon. This suite of sensors and software enables an EOD technician to have a real time 3D "bird's-eye view" of the target environment and the robot’s position in it.

The resulting enhanced situational awareness will enable users to more easily and quickly perform complex driving and manipulation tasks.

The underlying technology was developed by Autonomous Solutions under contract with NAVEODTECHDIV using the iRobot Packbot as the initial development platform. The technique fuses 3D point cloud data from stereovision, lasers, or other 3D sensors, with 2D camera images to create a textured '3D photograph,' almost like having a CAD model of the world, viewable from any angle.

As the robot moves through its environment, data is stitched together to create a 3D map of the robot’s route. The resulting world model can be used for situational awareness, measuring objects and distances in the world, and enabling manipulation and navigational autonomy.


ASI will develop its implementation for the Talon robot with the help of engineers at the ARDEC EOD Robotics Group, who have developed their own interface to the base platform. The resulting retrofit package will have a minimal impact on the base platform. It will feature low power consumption, low weight, and minimal logistics footprint. Its use will result in no loss of current functionality, and it will be easily installed in the field. "It's an important part of ASI's mission to transition the results of our research projects into products that can help soldiers in the field. Our intent is to be in a position to offer a cost-effective retrofit package for the Talon robot by the end of the year," said Mel Torrie, CEO of ASI.

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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.


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LOGAN, UT—May 28, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) today announced it has been awarded a contract to supply its Mobius™ command and control software for the initial development phase of an ONR sponsored project to develop a Buoy-Based Neutralization System (BBNS). In this program, Mobius will be used to command the Archerfish UUV through a JAUS-based interface. The easily configured user interface of Mobius will be adapted for use as a UUV control station.

Primarily used to control UGVs, Mobius’ extensive feature set and open JAUS framework make it easy to adapt for controlling a variety of autonomous vehicle types. Mobius has been used to control unmanned ground target vehicles for the Air Force, multiple haul trucks for open-pit mining operations, and John Deere tractors for agricultural, and military de-mining applications.

In addition to these ground-based applications, Mobius has controlled the REMUS UUV and an unmanned surface vehicle.


Under the BBNS program, engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida, seek to develop a mine neutralization system consisting of the Archerfish UUV deployed from a helicopter-borne buoy at a pre-identified target location. The operator in the helicopter requires a clear, easy-to-use interface to control the vehicle, and locate, identify, and neutralize targets. Mobius will be the interface for the initial development phase of the program.

“What a great opportunity to leverage our years of experience in developing robotic command and control solutions into a new application,” said Mel Torrie, CEO of ASI.

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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.


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LOGAN, UTAH—January 26, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a developer and manufacturer of autonomous vehicle systems, today announced final delivery and acceptance of two unmanned target vehicles to the U.S. Air Force Range Management Office at Luke Air Force Base.

Additional unmanned target systems have been installed by ASI at Nellis Air Force Base—Nevada Test & Training Range (NTTR), Fort Polk, and on other similar military installations.

Luke Air Force Base plans to utilize these high speed, unmanned ground target vehicles for training scenarios in air-to-ground combat. The two targets are autonomously controlled by ASI’s Mobius™ command and control software and command station, which is located more than 50 miles away from the operating vehicles. Tow-able skids will be pulled behind the target vehicles equipped with scoring systems that will be used in the training exercise for fighter pilots.

Both SUV target vehicles have been equipped with modular autonomous kits including swappable components that may be changed out in the event that parts become damaged during live-fire training exercises.


For this delivery, ASI has implemented new vehicle auto calibration technology and a newly redesigned modular vehicle control unit which reduces the overall maintenance requirements of the vehicles. The new modular autonomous kit designed with automatic calibration allows much easier damaged part replacement, and also allows customers to move module components to other fleet vehicles in a matter of a few hours.

This installation also comes standard with ASI’s industry leading JAUS compliant command and control software, Mobius. This software will enable Luke Air Force Base to send vehicles simultaneously on realistic missions that are created easily through Mobius.

Although paths and missions can be created to be as complex as desired, the software continues to meet U.S. Air Force performance safety standards for these unmanned systems. Proprietary proximity monitoring technology detects known objects and other target vehicles in the area and automatically controls the vehicles to maintain safety in the operating environment.

“It's exciting to see that more and more training facilities are choosing to utilize our Mobius software coupled with our ground vehicle automation kits to create the kind of realistic exercises needed to better prepare our troops in the air and on the ground,” said Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions.