Unmanned Convoy System Currently Undergoing Military Trials Receives U.S. Patent

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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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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.