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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.


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

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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."



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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.


Now a whole convoy of driverless trucks can be led safely through Afghanistan with only a shoestring!

Military convoys are a top resource for transporting supplies; vehicles are protected and can deliver large shipments of supplies at one time. The challenge? Convoys face greater dangers than ever before, especially in today's combat environments and warfare techniques (e.g. insurgents using ambushes in urban environments and roadside bombs).

Engineers and manufacturers have been trying their best to create solutions to the new problems posed by 21st Century warfare conditions. It's tough to develop a solution that is able to withstand a powerful explosion from an IED while still balancing how much personal body armor a driver can wear, how much space a driver has to operate in the cab, and how much shielding can be placed on a vehicle without restricting movement or visibility of operators. Oh yeah! And whatever we come up with has to be affordable too.


The solution showcased by Guideline® Robotic Convoy System, developed by Autonomous Solutions, Inc., is to take the Soldier completely out of the equation. Two or more convoy vehicles are equipped with vehicle automation technology and are then lashed together with a physical tether. The algorithms in the Guideline unit use the length and vector of the tether to deduce the exact location and pathway of the vehicle ahead of it. This information is relayed to the vehicle automation kit which takes care of the actual driving.

Convoys still get from point A to point B and the Soldiers that would normally be behind the wheel are kept safe from dangerous circumstances.

Guideline uses a durable, Kevlar tether to attach an autonomous vehicle to any leader, even another robotic vehicle or a person. The tether works in any terrain, weather, or lighting and is immune to jamming equipment. Sensors within the tether measure the distance, direction, and speed of the tether and use it to map out the exact path of the lead vehicle for the autonomous vehicle kit to follow.



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PETERSBORO, UTAH—July 31, 2012. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded patent rights to Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) for the Guideline® Robotic Convoy System (No. 8, 116, 921, B2).

The Guideline system provides a variety of significant benefits to users:
  • Reduce driving personnel by 2x or more
  • Keep more military personnel out of danger in combat zones
  • Increase efficiency of non-combat or industrial zones
  • Integrate with any size of vehicle from small ATVs to heavy military transports


  • Operate autonomously in all terrain, road, or weather conditions
  • Failsafe redundancy for GPS/laser-guided convoy systems in case of signal loss or interference
Guideline is a robotically controlled system mounted to the front of military or industrial vehicles. Each Guideline unit contains a Kevlar tether on a mechanical spool. Sensors in the unit monitor the vector, speed, and length of the tether leaving or returning to the spool and relay the data to the vehicle's automation kit. The kit's on-board computer determines the position and speed of the lead vehicle and plots a course for the autonomous vehicle that follows the exact path of the leader.


As the lead vehicle accelerates, Guideline automatically increases the buffer distance between the two vehicles to allow for a safe stopping distance.

"What seems to excite people the most, says Mel Torrie, President and CEO of ASI, "is that Guideline can be fielded now. It's simple, fail-safe, and doesn't depend on sensors that can be jammed or obstructed. It is also very affordable in low quantities."

ASI's Guideline is currently being used in field trials in the United States, Australia, and Singapore for a variety of operational scenarios.

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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—Sept. 30, 2011. ASI delivered (10) Guideline® Robotic Convoy System units for fielding in-theater by a major defense prime contractor. The units will be integrated onto that contractor’s autonomous robotic platform allowing for reliable leader-follower behavior in GPS and RF-denied areas at highway speeds.

Guideline is a very simple and reliable form of vehicle automation. Rather than installing a full sensor-suite with GPS-based navigation, optical or laser obstacle detection and other expensive sensors, the Guideline kit consists of a single sensor box that easily mounts to the front of any vehicle. A spring-loaded Kevlar tether extends from the sensor unit and clips onto any vehicle.

The Guideline-equipped vehicle then follows the leader vehicle, safely tracking the leader’s position and speed.


The unit contains a Kevlar tether on a sensor-equipped spool along with sensors that detect the direction the tether leaves the sensor.

By combining the vector of the tether with the length of tether extended from the sensor, Guideline is able to accurately determine the position and speed of the leader vehicle, and follow the same path. As the lead vehicle accelerates, Guideline will automatically increase the buffer distance between the vehicles.

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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.