Inaugural Cache Valley Robotics Fair Supports Local Robotics Teams

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ASI's robotic Ford Escape was featured at July's Cache Valley Robotics Fair. The event is one of the only places in the world to get a ride in a fully autonomous vehicle.

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LOGAN, UT—July 14, 2014. Robotics enthusiasts gathered Saturday at Bridgerland Applied Technology Center's (BATC) west campus in Logan, Utah, for the inaugural Cache Valley Robotics Fair.

The event was organized by local robotics company, Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), to support local robotics teams and featured exhibits from ASI, Utah State University, BATC, and Mountain Crest High School. About 300 people from the Logan community attended.

Fairgoers lined up for an opportunity to ride in ASI's fully robotic Ford Escape. The Escape leverages vehicle robotics, GPS, and radio technology to navigate along a path designated in a software program, and ASI is one of the only groups in the world that can provide autonomous rides.

The same technology in action at Saturday's fair is currently used by Ford's Michigan Proving Ground to improve safety and reliability in vehicle durability testing.

We're trying to promote...the skills we need in future engineers.
—   Mel Torrie

Utah State University, BATC, and Mountain Crest High School supplied robots that had recently seen action in the VEX Robotics tournament circuit. The VEX tournaments attract thousands of future engineering students from all over the world. With the robot they brought to the fair, Mountain Crest's team won the Utah State title in 2014 and placed 22nd in their division at the World competition.