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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 28, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announced that its Chaos™High Mobility Robot will be profiled in a series of exercises at Cobra Gold 2009 in Thailand. Cobra Gold involves the United States, Thai, Singaporean, Japanese, and Indonesian militaries, and is meant to improve interoperability, enhance security relationships. It also demonstrates U.S. support for humanitarian and security interests in the Pacific. The Chaos small robot that will be at Cobra Gold was built by ASI for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which has made it available for the exercise.

Marines will use Chaos to demonstrate a series of scenarios in which robotics will be beneficial. Engineers from ASI will be on-hand to provide support and receive feedback on the Chaos platform from operators. Examples of these scenarios include route security, cordon and search, casualty extraction and logistical supply.

Chaos is designed to access hazardous areas previously accessible only by foot, thereby reducing risk to personnel. It can negotiate extremely rough, steep, and loose terrain with four independent drive tracks that independently change orientation a full 360 degrees. The unique ability to alter its pitch, roll, and yaw enables Chaos to navigate surfaces too uneven for other tracked platforms.


With a high payload capacity and an available manipulator arm with a fifty pound capacity at full reach (72 in), Chaos can perform a variety of functions. Its base weight is low enough that it can be lifted out of a vehicle and deployed by two people. As a JAUS-compatible platform, Chaos allows easy addition of a wide variety of sensors and other robotic payloads. Its simple, modular design affords easy field service, maintenance, and repair.

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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.


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LOGAN, UTAH—October 21, 2008. Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) officially entered the mining industry at the MINExpo conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Utah-based robotics company demonstrated the new robotic bulldozer and Guideline® Robotic Convoy System.

MINExpo® 2008, held every four years, is titled “The World’s Richest Deposit of Mining Technology, Services and Products.” With over 600,000 square feet of exhibit space it was the largest MINExpo ever. The newest products and services, as well as the latest technology were demonstrated to top mining professionals.

The Robotic Dozer System is an application of ASI’s Nav™ for CAT D10 dozers. It allows open-pit and surface mines to maximize productivity and improve safety of mining operations. It offers many advantages over a traditional manned system, such as: removing the operator from dangerous situations, creating a one-to-many environment; providing precise control of the vehicle and implements; and reducing vehicle down-time.

The multi-vehicle system is operated with Mobius™ command and control software which integrates with GPS and wireless communications solutions. Mobius allows both autonomous and teleoperation modes for tasks, including ripping and blade control.


Guideline works by attaching a Kevlar tether from the follower vehicle to any lead vehicle. The follower vehicle senses angle and length of the cable and dynamically plans a “path” to follow the leader's exact movements.

This arrangement eliminates the limitations of RF and GPS due to interference or blockage, works in all light and weather conditions, and works equally well in reverse. No modifications are required to the lead vehicle. The simple elegance of the solution means less complex equipment to maintain, simplified operator training, affordability, and the potential for significant manpower reductions for safety or cost reasons.

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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.