|On June 22, DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. in partnership with Segway and 5D Robotics competed in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO’s) Endurance Challenge at Fort Benning, Georgia. JIEDDOis an entity of the U.S. Department of Defense focused on reducing and eliminating the effects of all forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used against U.S. and Coalition Forces.The team’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) comprised of the Segway RMP-X440, 5D Robotics software and DRS Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) systems integration earned second place in the ‘Dismounted’ category with a speed of 7.83 km/hour. While much faster speeds are possible, this demonstration was intentionally focused on executing a functional behavior. The limiting factor for speed was how fast the human leader could run 8.85 km in 94 degree heat. The team demonstrated an autonomous leader/follower capability over the entire course, which set a record for the longest leader/follower behavior recorded by JIEDDO.
“Segway was honored to work with DRS and to take part in this Endurance Challenge,” said Al Kisler, Defense Strategy Advisor, Segway Inc. “The performance of the AMP solution speaks for itself.”
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS) entered the RoboCup@Home competition this year with a new personal assistance robot built on a Segway RMP 100 mobile robot platform. The CAS is the second largest robotics research group in the world with representation from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney
The RoboCup@Home competition judges navigation, mapping, object recognition, and human-robot interaction in realistic, home-like environments. RoboCup@Home is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots.
Congrats to the “Warthog” team on winning the 2009 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) Autonomous Challenge AND placing third in the Navigation Challenge!
The “Warthog” robot is an RMP 400 equipped with a laser range finder, color camera, and differential global positioning system (GPS) that won “Rookie of the Year” in 2007 when the University of Delaware’s Dynamic Vision Lab first entered it in the IGVC.
Congratulations to Tadokoro Laboratory at TOHOKU University
for successfully completing the Tsukuba Challenge ’09!
Otherwise known as the “Real World Robot Challenge”, this annual event in Tsukuba Japan requires robots to autonomously navigate a 1km (0.6mi) long course that they have not previously encountered. Along the way, the robots must avoid everyday obstacles such as pedestrians and bicycles. See below for photos of the Tadokoro Team and their RMP 200.
Photo: Takeuchi Eijiro