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PETERSBORO, UT—March 24, 2014. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently confirmed the award and publication of two new trademarks to Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI). Forecast® 3D laser system and Guideline® robotic convoy are now officially recognized trademarks of ASI.

Forecast®
Forecast was primarily developed by ASI as an obstacle detection solution for unmanned vehicles.

Forecast's unique vertical spinning function grants a planar LiDAR sensor the ability to map a three-dimensional space surrounding a vehicle. Software within the unit creates cost map or point cloud outputs and may perform rudimentary obstacle detection tasks. Forecast is a major part of ASI's Vantage obstacle detection and avoidance system and improves safety and precision in mining, farming, and military environments.

Guideline®
ASI created Guideline to overcome challenges faced by GPS-, laser-, or visual-based robotic convoy systems.


Each Guideline unit mounts to the front of an unmanned convoy vehicle and extends a Kevlar tether that clips to a lead vehicle. As the leader moves, sensors in Guideline interpret the movements of the tether into robotic commands that direct the follower vehicle to mimic the exact path of the leader. Guideline is useful for military, mining, and farming environments, and allows unmanned convoys to operate in areas of low visibility, poor weather, and GPS-denied environments.

The official descriptions of these trademarks can be found by searching the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) on the USPTO website.

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About ASI

For more than 13 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems. ASI serves clients in the automotive, mining, farming, and military industries with 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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PETERSBORO, UT—March 10, 2014. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is pleased to announce a reseller agreement with AutonomouStuff for the Forecast® 3D laser system.

Primarily developed by ASI as an obstacle detection solution, Forecast is a sensor-agnostic, vertically spinning unit comprised of hardware and software components. The unique vertical spinning function converts a two-dimensional LiDAR sensor into a three-dimensional sensor that maps the space around a robotic vehicle, outputs a cost map or point cloud, and performs rudimentary obstacle detection functions.

The unit is a major part of ASI's Vantage® obstacle detection and avoidance system and improves safety and precision in mining, farming, and military environments.

Illinois-based AutonomouStuff is an international supplier of sensors and components commonly used for robotic vehicle applications including autonomous driving, AGV, UAV, obstacle detection, collision avoidance, intersection safety, tolling, and terrain mapping.

"We felt that the offerings and clientele of AutonomouStuff were very good fits for us," said Jared Pratt, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at ASI.


"Forecast has great potential to improve safety in a lot of industries, and we get excited for any opportunity we have to get more units in the field. We're thrilled to be working with AutonomouStuff to make this happen."

Forecast is already available for online price inquiries at www.autonomoustuff.com.

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About ASI

For more than 13 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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PETERSBORO, UT—January 30, 2014. The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) with a patent entitled "Vehicle Dispatching Method and System." The patent (No. US 8,626,565 B2) deals with optimizing how vehicles are routed in situations where there are multiple origins, destinations, and routes available.

"Most dispatching algorithms are based on linear programming," explained Tom Petroff who leads ASI's Perception Team, a group of researchers responsible for much of ASI's research and development efforts across several industries.

"The dispatching is done up front, and it often doesn't handle changes in conditions very well, such as a vehicle going out of service or bad weather." The new dispatching system combines linear programming with reinforcement learning, a methodology that calculates outcomes to optimize a cost function—either minimizing or maximizing.

"The algorithm leads to more efficient routes and better cost savings for dispatching scenarios."

While the algorithm is useful for autonomous vehicles, Petroff reminds that this technology is useful for a number of industries.


"In the dispatch application the whole idea is to minimize the cost to perform an application or to maximize the amount of haulage or number of trips that can be done in a given time. These benefits extend beyond autonomous vehicles to dispatching situations of all types: transportation, fleets (airplanes, taxis, etc.), mining, farming, or whatever industry it may be."

The Vehicle Dispatching Method and System patent is the fifteenth patent awarded to ASI by the USPTO.

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About ASI

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


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PETERSBORO, UT—December 4, 2013. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announces the award of a two-year Phase II Army TARDEC Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to continue research on control and obstacle detection for robotic vehicles.

The project, titled "Stability Control Improvement and State Detection for Autonomous Vehicles," will combine a dynamic vehicle model with sensor data to enable a robotically controlled vehicle to avoid obstacles, detect and counter yaw instability, and avoid vehicle rollovers.



"We're very excited to continue the project," said Matt Berkemeier, lead researcher on the SBIR project. "The Phase II involves a lot of controls work, giving us an opportunity to use advanced methods to improve control of all our autonomous vehicles."

Where the Phase I involved research and simulations with stereo camera, radar, and LIDAR technology in a laboratory setting, Phase II involves experiments on autonomous vehicles in the field.

"Our goal is to have a working prototype by the end of year one," said Berkemeier. "We'll then work on modifications during year two."


ASI will receive contributions from Auburn University's GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (GAVLAB). GAVLAB specializes in vehicle dynamics and non-linear dynamics, both of which play a role in Phase II of the SBIR.

Commercialization is one of the key focuses of the SBIR program, and ASI hopes to have three marketable products at the close of the Phase II. "The base level is a simple warning system that can scan and alert a driver of unseen obstacles," explained Berkemeier. "The next level is driver assistance capability, taking over the steering for a driver in order to avoid an accident. The final level takes the steer and avoid functionality and applies it to an autonomous vehicle."

The project is currently in Phase I Option status, and Phase II is scheduled to begin in March 2014.

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About ASI

For more than 12 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems and components. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in military, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and automotive 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, quality, simplicity, and safety.



Mobius v6.0 road network support connects operation areas with custom road systems, making dispatch and area coordination much simpler and more efficient.

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PETERSBORO, UTAH—April 17, 2013. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. announces that Version 6.0 of Mobius™ command & control software has been released. Mobius v6.0 features Windows 7 compatibility fixes, road network support, enhanced vehicle history playback, and simplified vehicle simulator creation.

Mobius is ASI's flagship navigation software for autonomous vehicles and is responsible for a variety of functions, including: vehicle pathway planning, controlling speed and direction of vehicles, and facilitating the cooperation of all vehicles in an autonomous system.


Version 6.0 marks the first major version release of Mobius in 2013 and the first release since ASI switched to an AGILE software development model. "This new version of Mobius represents a lot of work under-the-hood," said Paul Lewis, Director of Software Development at ASI. "With the exception of a few enhancements, the majority of Mobius users won't experience much change from how they normally do things. But from a coding perspective, it's much simpler."

One of the major tasks undertaken by ASI's software development team was to unify the code into a single common architecture.

"We were developing to four separate architectures that were customized to separate markets," said Lewis. "While that method has its benefits, we realized that unification is the best option for our planned enhancements.

"We combined best practices from the four code bases and now have a streamlined architecture that allows us to make rapid changes. This increases our ability to quickly add customer value."



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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.


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DETROIT, MICHIGAN—November 7, 2012. A major automotive OEM performed a successful automated rollover test using an Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) Nav™. Many facets of vehicle durability and misuse testing are difficult to accomplish for driver safety reasons, one of those being rollover tests. OEM testers have devised a variety of ways to simulate a vehicle rollover, but most solutions are highly expensive and do not give researchers an authentic rollover scenario to derive data from.

Whether using an automated skid, outriggers, ramps, or slow speed rolls, testers aren't getting what they need to appropriately test vehicles," said Mel Torrie, CEO and co-founder of ASI.

"They're doing the best they can, but for an authentic rollover, you need a driver. It's just too difficult and too dangerous to effectively simulate a rollover and keep a human driver safe at the same time." Torrie explains that Nav has the capability to mimic the movements of a human driver to a degree never before possible. Durability testers can now perform authentic rollover scenarios.

"The beauty of the Nav is that testers can perform rollover tests at very precise speeds and angles," said Torrie. "The rugged design of the Nav protects the unit so testers can also move it from one vehicle to the next and start another round of testing. It makes destructive rollover testing surprisingly repeatable and very affordable."


With the success of this first rollover test, the OEM is now in the process of refitting the Nav to another vehicle for additional testing.

"[The major OEM] is very pleased with the results of this round of rollover testing," said Eric Budd, Sales Manager for ASI. "The implication of this successful test is that researchers will be able to provide more accurate data to manufacturers that will be used to keep consumers safer. This is very exciting! We look forward to more successful tests in the near future."

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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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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—August 29, 2012. Executive and sales staff members of Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Utah Governor Gary Herbert at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2012 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Governor Herbert visited Utah-based ASI and other Utah companies that were well represented at the largest domestic robotics conference of 2012.

"It was a thrill for our Governor to take the time to visit us and learn about our products and challenges," said Mel Torrie, President of ASI.

"Governor Herbert has been working diligently to make Utah the number one place to do business and we really believe it is. He's doing a superb job!"

Mel Torrie and Governor Herbert spoke at length about the products and solutions ASI offers for military, agriculture, industrial, and automotive proving ground partners as well as the challenges and successes of recent years. Governor Herbert seemed especially interested in ASI's Chaos™ High Mobility Robot, a unique small robot platform designed to traverse rugged terrain for applications in active combat zones, bomb disposal, exploration, and persistent surveillance.


During his time as Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert and his administration have been powerful proponents of making Utah a business-friendly environment. Utah currently holds the #2 ranking in CNBCs 2012 America's Top States for Business, improving from a #8 ranking in 2011.

"My first and highest priority will be the economy here in Utah," said Governor Herbert in his 2009 inaugural address. "If we can get the economy right, most everything else falls into place." Governor Herbert's continued focus on Utah's business setting is making it easier for companies like ASI to thrive in a challenging and competitive world economic environment.

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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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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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PETERSBORO, UT—July 21, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announced today it has begun a program with SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific to engineer its man-portable Chaos™ High Mobility Robot platform to perform sustained ground surveillance missions (referred to as "persistent stare") as part of SPAWAR’s Man-Portable ISR UGV program. The mission will require the integration of an advanced power system to increase mission duration from hours to days and an advanced sensor suite for both surveillance and autonomous navigation purposes.

ASI will collaborate with engineers at SPAWAR’s Unmanned Systems Branch to configure the platform for the new sub-systems and fabricate an upgraded prototype system. The newly configured Chaos™ is intended to be ready for a demonstration of the new capability at the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand in February 2010.

Chaos was originally developed with TARDEC’s Robotic Mobility Lab to demonstrate high mobility in a man-portable form factor similar to that of the current MTRS EOD robots.


The platform’s unique mobility, plus its open architecture and easy configuration, made it a good base platform for the persistent surveillance mission. TARDEC is also contributing to this effort.

“At the JGRE conference in March, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps, identified the persistent stare mission as one of the top upcoming applications for robots in combat. Autonomous Solutions is excited about this opportunity to be one of the first to help fill this need,” 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.