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.
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.
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.
Oct 2013—AOL Online's Translogic Highlights BatCat AoL Online's Translogic series focuses on innovative applications of technology around the United States. One of their recent episodes featured the Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad's BatCat tactical vehicle. ASI provided the vehicle autonomy for BatCat.
Oct 2013—Forge Receives RBR Game Changer Award The Robotic Business Review group selected ASI's Forge robotic platform as one of the winners for its inaugural Game Changer Award. Winners were announced at RoboBusiness 2013 in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov 2013—Discovery Channel Canada Features ASI The Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet series highlighted the innovative use of robotic technology at Utah's Bingham Canyon Mine after a devastating landslide. ASI provided the vehicle autonomy that operators now use to remotely operate cleanup vehicles at a safe distance.
Nov 2013—Hardware Innovation of the Year Award ASI and Ford Motor Company were recognized by the Automotive Testing Technology International's Hardware Innovation of the Year Award for their work with Ford's robotic durability testing program.
Dec 2013—TARDEC Phase II Awarded to ASI Researchers ASI researchers receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant to continue a project that is focusing on helping vehicles detect obstacles and correct for yaw instability. Phase II will begin in March of 2014.
These are just a few of the exciting things that have happened in 2013, not to mention the successes of our customers and the personal celebrations of our employees and their families. We wish you all Happy Holidays and look forward to a 2014 filled with happiness and success.