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Raw point cloud data generated by ASI's Forcast lidar and analyzed by Vantage™ perception softwareRaw point cloud data generated by ASI's Forcast lidar and analyzed by Vantage™ perception software

Each autonomous vehicle system employs a set of sensors that provide environmental feedback for safety, navigation, and other essential vehicle functions. Up until this point, sensors with high levels of accuracy have been too expensive for most users to afford, but that is rapidly changing.

From a vertically spinning LIDAR on a mining truck to a stereo camera on a Packbot , it's not uncommon to see any one of a number of sensors atop an unmanned vehicle at Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI). GPS, LIDAR, infrared, and vision-based sensor technologies play an integral role in any autonomous vehicle system. Feedback from a network of sensors and software algorithms enables an unmanned vehicle to essentially “see" what is going on in its environment and react intelligently.

Unfortunately, sensors--which are generally the largest cost-driver in the autonomous system--and budgets do not always match up, forcing companies to sacrifice their desired level of accuracy for a more affordable sensor. Change is close, however, according to ASI's Jared Pratt.
"As sensor prices have dropped and as the algorithms have improved to leverage lower cost sensors, more automation applications are showing a strong return on investment"
said Pratt in a recent article by OEM-Off Highway's Sara Jensen.



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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.


On May 1-2, more than 3,300 seventh grade students from all over northern Utah arrived at Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, Utah for the 2013 Career Days. Career Days is an annual event designed to introduce middle school students to a variety of career paths available in technology and other trade fields and encourage them to start planning early for higher education. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) joined with several other technology companies as exhibitors.

"We're always on the lookout for ways we can help our community," said Dru Brown, Marketing Manager at ASI. "Being invited to participate in Career Days was a great opportunity to encourage kids to get advanced education, and we also got to show them how fun technology can be."

Each participating company was encouraged to bring something interactive for students to try out.


ASI brought the Forecast® 3D Laser System, a spinning LIDAR that is normally used for the obstacle detection and avoidance system on autonomous vehicles.

For Career Days, however, Forecast was adapted to scan and generate a 3D map of the exhibit hall. Students enjoyed striking poses in front of Forecast and seeing themselves appear in the 3D output on a video monitor.

"It seems like every time we turn around, we're being reminded that the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in STEM education," said Brown.

"U.S. students seem to think that STEM courses are boring or too hard, and a lot of kids shy away from them. But events like this let us show kids the possibilities with this type of education. Hopefully we're getting their imaginations going and getting them excited about engineering."