The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded patent rights to Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) for the Guideline™ Robotic Leader-Follower System (No. 8, 116, 921 B2).
The Guideline™ Unmanned Convoy System provides a variety of immediate and significant benefits to military and industrial operators:
The Guideline™ system is a robotically controlled guidance 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 onboard computer determines the position and speed of the lead vehicle and plots a course for the autonomous vehicle that mimics 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," said Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions, "is that Guideline™ can be fielded now. It is simple, failsafe redundant, and doesn't depend on sensors that can be jammed or obstructed. It is also very affordable in low quantities."
ASI's Guideline™ Robotic Convoy System is currently being used in field trials in the United States, Australia, and Singapore for a variety of operation scenarios.
Source: Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
Date: Aug 9, 2012