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Autonomous Solutions will be at the 2016 MINExpo in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, .

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One of the three autonomous building blocks, Mobius control software will allow miners to control vehicles from a remote location, improving both safety and productivity.

Most mining companies have a general understanding that autonomous mining technologies will help their operations make improvements in safety and productivity, but when it comes to specifics of how this is accomplished, many remain in the dark. How will our processes change? How will mine safety improve? How will my job get easier?

In effort to help miners understand the capabilities and day-to-day impact of autonomous vehicle technologies, ASI released a video that introduces one of our autonomous building blocks, Mobius control software.

Miners with autonomous haul trucks can leverage Mobius to keep haul trucks continuously tasked in a load/dump cycle, monitor safety concerns and vehicle diagnostics, and manage multiple haul trucks with one operator.

Mobius is designed to be a stand-alone control software or can be coupled with ASI's other building blocks, Nav and Vantage, for a seamless autonomous haulage system.

Watch Mobius for Mining today and learn how you can put your mine at the leading edge.


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WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 13, 2013. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) will officially unveil FORGE™, a new open-interface extensible ground robot, at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C.

Answering the many requests for an x-by-wire skid steer base that can be expanded for a variety of robotic applications, the Forge platform enables developers and end users to buy and sell hardware and software application packages for unmanned industrial, military, and commercial uses.

Forge utilizes ASI's x-by-wire electronics that have been fielded around the world with Fortune 500 partners in the automotive, military, agriculture, mining, and materials handling industries.

Ford Motor Company recently profiled their success using ASI technology to operate robotic test vehicles over thousands of rough miles each month. Forge’s versatile electronics can be coupled with higher level components to accomplish remote control, teleoperation, full autonomy, and coordinated multi-vehicle control. Users will eventually be able to create and operate their own apps through the planned Forge API or leverage ASI's standard hardware and software packages including Mobius™, Vantage®, and a variety of sensor suites.


ASI will actively seek feedback on this new product at the AUVSI conference and on the website to understand developer’s desired interface and operating system choices in order to accelerate their product time to market.

FORGE will be available for sale on September 1, 2013.

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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.


In less than a month, robotics companies and enthusiasts from all over the world will gather at the Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington D.C. for one of the largest annual robotics tradeshows in the world. The Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AVUSI) hosts the 2013 edition of their Unmanned Systems Conference on August 12-15. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is excited to once again be an exhibiting sponsor at AUVSI. The following is a sneak peek at what you'll see at ASI's 2013 booth!

Universal Autonomy Platform
ASI will unveil a modified skid steer vehicle as it's universal base automation platform at AUVSI Unmanned Systems this year.

The modified skid steer's thin profile, versatility, and small footprint make it ideal for agriculture and orchard settings; its sturdy build and powerful lifting capacity also make it ideal for mining operations. Compared to other automation systems, the skid steer platform is inexpensive and will accept a variety of attachments making it the ideal choice for nearly any automation project.

Multi-vehicle Control Demo
Mobius™ command & control software is one of the most powerful solutions for multi-vehicle coordination available in the vehicle robotics market. However, barring a field trip to a military, farming, or mining installation running Mobius, the best way to demonstrate how it works on a multi-vehicle system is to bring an implementation to AUVSI!


ASI's 2013 booth will demonstrate how Mobius algorithms deal with multiple vehicles with a small scale mining automation demo.

As a side note, you can also see a vision-based indoor positioning solution developed by our research and development team to operate the demo in the convention center's GPS-denied environment!

New Look and Feel
Over the past several months, we've been working to implement a new rebrand that captures ASI's cutting edge technology and software solutions. We recently launched a new and improved website, videos, and social media networks, but for many, AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 will be the first look at ASI's new brand.

Come by and tell us what you think of our new look! We're excited for the opportunity to attend AUVSI once again. We're located directly in the middle of the exhibit hall at Booth #3027. ASI sales and engineering staff will be onsite to answer any questions you may have and discuss partnership and project opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!


8412. The number of work-related injuries reported in 2012 in the mining industry. While that number is down from previous years, clearly there is still room to improve safety in one of the most dangerous industries in the world.

"There's a lot of focus on mining safety," says Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions, Inc. "Mine workers are under constant threat of injury from falling objects, unstable terrain, and working with heavy machinery." Torrie, who will speak about safety at the RobotXWorld conference in late August, identifies safety as ASI's number one concern. "Vehicle automation is first and foremost a safety technology."

Each autonomy kit developed by ASI delivers four layers of safety.

At the basic level, all automated vehicles are equipped with emergency stop functionality. If a vehicle travels outside of a designated operation area, experiences a malfunction, or loses communications, the emergency stop system is initiated to halt vehicle operations until the issue can be resolved.

The on-board computer, called the vehicle control unit (VCU), serves as the brain of the automated system, relaying commands from the remote operator to the vehicle functions, monitors vehicle health indicators, and relaying data packets back to the operator.

The VCU represents the next level of safety as it actively runs more than 100 system error checks looking for errors that might cause safety issues.


While autonomous vehicles may accurately navigate by following GPS waypoints, they are still "blind" in the sense that they are unable to see potentially hazardous obstacles in their path such as animals, people, and other vehicles.

To solve this safety issue, ASI equips autonomous vehicles with obstacle detection and avoidance software and sensors that actively search for obstacles within the path of the vehicle and warn the VCU and operator of their presence. Depending on the installation, vehicles may react to obstacles with see-and-stop or see-and-avoid behavior.

The final layer of safety is ASI's command and control software, Mobius™. Operators use the Mobius path builder to determine a safety perimeter for safe autonomous operations.

If for any reason a vehicle travels outside of this perimeter, the emergency stop system halts autonomous operations until the vehicle is moved (manually or by teleoperation) back inside the safety perimeter. For systems that manage more than one vehicle, Mobius actively monitors the health indicators of all vehicles in the system and initiates proximity alerts that slow down vehicles if they are in danger of colliding.

35. The number of mining related deaths reported in 2012. That's 35 too many. With four layers of redundant safety features, ASI is setting the safety standard for autonomous vehicles that will help drive down injuries and fatalities across all industries. "Our goal is to supply our customers with solutions that not only help them improve productivity but also dramatically improve the safety of their work environment," said Torrie.



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."



For automotive durability testing, human drivers are given well over a dozen test procedures to execute accurately and repetitively as they try to put years of wear and tear on a vehicle in just a few weeks. Test procedures require them to drive a given test course at a specific set of speeds, engage the transmission, throttle, brakes, and steering in specific sequences, at certain RPMs, and for a specified duration. Currently there are no real accountability or feedback options to determine if the tests were carried out correctly.

Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) is changing the way durability testing is done. By request from a major OEM, ASI is currently working to create a new version of Mobius™ for use in fleet monitoring.

This new version will leverage ASI's extensive experience with vehicle automation to monitor all critical vehicle functions including transmission state, brake and throttle position, RPM, and steering wheel position. Additionally, full remote access to the on-board computer will allow for monitoring and logging of other vehicle functions.


With Mobius, fleet supervisors at test facilities will be able to easily get reports on all tests performed, comparing the actual results to the test specifications. In addition to summary reports, event-based alerts can be set up to notify supervisors immediately when certain conditions are met, or the performance of a driver can be monitored in real-time.

Creating test routines can be done in several easy ways. Test engineers can simply drive a test sequence and have Mobius record everything they do.

The system will then monitor how closely other drivers conform to the pre-recorded routine. Alternately a test could be created manually by entering parameters into Mobius or by modifying a recorded test.

While Mobius can be used strictly as a monitoring device for fleet operations, the same system can be used to command a fully autonomous vehicle fleet, removing the human element completely. This not only protects human drivers from dangerous testing procedures, but also ensures that tests are carried out exactly as specified, 24/7.


Since September of 2011, ASI's automotive customer has put thousands of miles on our vehicle automation kits running the kinds of routes normally driven by human operators to test the durability of new automobile models. This has allowed ASI to prove the reliability of its hardware, software, and controls, as test site operators execute test procedures 24/7.

When you see a durability track like the one pictured (just an example, not affiliated with ASI), it isn’t hard to see how removing human operators from the process would be great!

Drivers are thrown around ruthlessly while they drive at high speeds across such insanely rough surfaces. Test facilities are forced to severely limit the time their drivers are allowed to stay in the vehicle, and even then strain and injury is common.

Removing the human element from the equation is beneficial in several ways. First, since the vehicle automation kit never gets tired or sore, tests can be run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Secondly, removing the human element allows for more rigorous and dangerous tests, such as higher speed runs on pot-hole tracks and realistic rollover tests.


Durability Test Track
Durability test tracks are very rough—in most cases, human drivers are limited to abbreviated shifts. Automated vehicles can safely navigate these tracks 24/7.

Thirdly, if a certain driving situation yields interesting results, the robot driver kit can duplicate the exact circumstances that led up to the event, including speed, rpm, gear, steering wheel position, brake and gas pedal position, and location on the track.

In addition to these and other benefits, test facilities using ASI's Nav™ can monitor in real-time how all their tests are proceeding, and ensure that they are carried out to the exact specifications required. ASI's site control software, Mobius™ command & control software, allows multiple vehicles to be controlled and monitored by a single operator at a single location.

Vehicle durability test tracks are used by all major automobile manufacturers. Take a look at some of their facilities across the globe, or read up on durability and safety testing in general.


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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.