Segway’s RMP440 LE Works with 5D Robotics’ Software to Lighten a Soldier’s Load

A recent collaboration between Rapid Equipping Force and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence brought together solutions from  Segway RoboticsDRS Technologies and 5D Robotics to perform a comprehensive ‘lighten a soldier’s load’ evaluation at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The robot’s mission was to follow and keep up with a squad while transporting a heavy payload and navigating a lengthy distance of varied terrain.

The assessment tested the Segway® RMP (Robotics Mobility Platform) 440 LE’s ability to carry 200 pounds of critical equipment including soldiers’ packs, sandbags, food and water and the ability of 5D Robotics’ Behavior Engine™ software to direct the platform.

Segway’s RMP440 LE

Segway’s RMP440 LE is a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive mobility platform. Its design empowers developers to easily integrate their own equipment on top of the platform and build a customized application to meet specific needs. Click here to download a spec sheet.

5D’s Behavior Engine or “Follow Me” Technology

5D’s “follow me” technology acknowledges that like humans, robots need assistance to find their way. Once a human empowers a robot, they are capable of executing a multitude of tasks reliably and effectively.

5D’s solution emphasizes rapid, reactive, biologically inspired behavioral responses as opposed to the GPS, mapping, planning and continuous communication relied on by competitive solutions. It uses an innovative intelligent tag approach to guide interaction between robots and humans as well as between robots and other vehicles or objects.

5D’s Safety Commitment

1. Robot motion should be fast, responsive and graceful

2. Robot motion should be predictable and reliable to engender trust

3. Robots should never touch the human body unless explicitly told to do so

The AssessmentRMP440

The Segway RMP440 LE was fully loaded with equipment and included a generator that could be used to charge soldiers’ equipment. Over the course of 9 hours, the robot successfully followed the squad as well as traversed 16 miles of varied terrain without additional fuel or battery power. In fact, the robot maintained 33% of its generator fuel and 50% of its battery life.

The Evaluation

Soldier evaluations noted that the robot kept up with the patrol throughout the mission, was easy to understand and natural to use. Soldiers also valued the robot’s ability to carry a considerable amount of heavy gear.

Read Complete Coverage

Please click here to download a PDF of the article Keep on Running – 5D Robotics Tests Endurance Through Human-Robot Interaction Military Tests from 5D Robotics’ website.

Editorial Note

DRS Technologies’ Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) kit and systems integration with the Segway RMP440 LE was originally tested at Fort Benning during the JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge in June 2012. Click here  to view the blog post Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Pace in JIDDEO’s Endurance Challenge.

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Segway Announces Its Newest RMP — ARTI

Intro

ARTI is Segway’s latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. Its name (an abbreviation of the word ‘articulate’) was derived from the platform’s articulated steering method. ARTI is based on the same core propulsion and interface hardware that is standard in the rest of the RMP line, but was further developed by Segway’s engineers to become a functional prototype with exceptional capabilities.

Overview

The ARTI platform utilizes a two degree of freedom joint to permit roll and yaw rotation. This flexibility enables the platform to traverse aggressive terrain while continually maintaining four points of contact with the ground. It is the first Segway RMP platform that does not have the ability to turn in place. However, it does feature a 4.5 foot turning radius, which enables it to turn around in an area smaller than one lane of a standard road.

Capabilities

ARTI’s articulated steering enables it to carry heavier payloads over more aggressive terrain as compared to our similar sized skid-steer platforms. In fact, payload is now limited only by the structural load limits of the gearboxes, wheels and tires instead to being dictated by the torque required to overcome the friction forces associated with skid-steering. ARTI is capable of quietly traveling longer distances with more payload than any other four wheel platform Segway has ever developed.

Features

The platform leverages the latest RMP Central Controller Architecture, which allows simple and intuitive communication with the platform over Ethernet, CAN or USB. Users can set a variety of performance parameters including acceleration and deceleration rate limits as well as turning radius. An optional integrated auxiliary power module provides DC power for task specific sensors, radios and other equipment and payload items. ARTI’s batteries can be fully charged in less than 3 hours via Segway’s new RMP external fast charger.

Availability

Segway is currently taking orders for ARTI platforms. It is important to note that ARTI is a prototype and does not yet have the level of finish that our production released commercial models do. However, if customer demand warrants it — and we expect that it may — this prototype will likely become part of our standard RMP product line.

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Segway Inc. Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Simply Moving’

The Company has grown, changed and is poised for continued global expansion

In December, 2001 the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the world’s first and only electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device was unveiled on Good Morning America. In 2002, the PT became available to customers and a remarkable, new transportation alternative was born.

Since that time, Segway has earned a global presence, is well-known as the world’s leading provider of personal, green transportation alternatives and robotics mobility platforms and will be celebrating its 10 year milestone anniversary throughout 2012! The Company’s flagship product, the PT, continues to be the heart of the business and development of a new model is well underway. However, Segway has also expanded its business further into international, robotics, public safety and tourism markets.

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SEGWAY TODAY

Global Growth

In the last several years, Segway’s global presence has grown substantially and its expansion continues.

Europe, Middle East and Africa
These three markets are currently home to a strong and growing network of 49 distributors. The region employs a strategy of marketing the PT as a tool to support businesses, public safety and tourism markets. Nearly 95% of sales are attributed to business-to-business relationships. The region is also fully supported by a service center in Munich, Germany.

Asia Pacific
Segway has aggressively tackled this market by revamping its Asia Pacific territory and adding new distributors. In 2010, Segway opened a service center in Singapore to support the growing region. The approach to developing the Company’s presence in APAC is hands-on and significant growth is expected in 2012.

Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP)

Segway is one of the world’s leading developers of electric propulsion platforms for ground robotics applications. The comprehensive RMP product line includes both two and four wheeled platforms available in a variety of configurations. Each uses advanced PT-based technology and boasts quiet, clean and efficient operation with unmatched versatility, durability and performance.

Segway RMPs are used by academia, research laboratories and robotics integrators across the globe. Segway’s robust electric propulsion system coupled with a flexible user interface results in an open architecture transportation platform for sensors, manipulators and other payloads which suit the needs of a growing number of robotics programs and products.

Chris Crimmins, Applications Sales Engineer, said “The distinct competitive advantage of Segway’s robotic mobility platforms is that we design and produce a wide range of open architecture platforms with a level of flexibility that many other manufacturers simply can not offer.”

Segway PT Tours

The concept of touring on a Segway PT is not new. However, adding the tourism market to the Company’s business model is. In 2010, Segway launched a new division dedicated to developing Company run tours. Today, nearly a dozen tours are operating throughout the U.S. and Canada and that number is expected to grow. The distinct competitive advantages of Segway Inc. tours:

▪ As the product’s manufacturer, our staff has the expertise to assure a comprehensive product orientation.

▪ They offer the very best tour content because the team works with historical associations and like organizations to develop interesting and informative subject matter.

▪ As safety is a top priority, Segway implements strict guidelines to ensure a smooth glide and a safe experience. Comprehensive riding instruction is provided and helmets are required.

▪ Segway Tour locations have access to the very latest product information and training techniques.

▪ They offer a small guide-to-glider ratio and provide more personal attention.

“We are excited to be in the tour business and offer people a fun way to experience our product while taking in the sights,” said Monique Apter, Vice President of Sales – Americas. “We plan to continue to expand this year to several select areas in the U.S. and Canada.”

The Segway Patroller

Officers working in all areas of public safety have an immense amount of responsibility. To be as effective as possible, they require enhanced visibility and mobility – enter the Segway Patroller. Segway PTs have been deployed in more than 1,200 police departments and public safety organizations across the globe.

In 2011, Segway launched its ‘Patrolling Across America’ program. The 9-month mobile campaign logged 36,000 miles and visited more than 120 police departments in 39 states. Officers were trained, provided PTs to evaluate and educated on multiple procurement programs.

“Taking a hands-on approach with public safety agencies, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the product, train with it and evaluate it in their own environment was invaluable,” said Jamie Marsh, National Accounts Manager. “We expect demand for the Patroller to continue to grow both domestically and internationally.”

SEGWAY IN 2012 AND BEYOND

“It’s exciting to be celebrating the growth and success of Segway at the 10 year mark. We’ve experienced many challenges over the years. However, we’ve remained focused on moving forward, being innovative, advancing technology, developing products, expanding our target markets and earning a global presence,” said Wayne Mitchell, CEO. “This year, we’ll reflect on all that has been achieved in a decade knowing we are poised for continued expansion in 2012 and beyond.”

To learn more about Segway Inc., please read our Company Milestones!

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