Page 2: Unmanned ground vehicles display autonomous route clearing capabilities

July 7, 2014
Oshkosh Defense demonstrated the capabilities of its vision-enabled TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology at the land and air-land defense and security exhibition Eurosatory 2014.

The lateral vision system, which provides perception to detect oncoming traffic at intersections, consists of two cameras on either side of the front camera bar. For this system, which utilizes a monocular obstacle detection algorithm two Allied Vision Technologies Pike 2 cameras were used. AVT Pike 2 cameras feature a 1920 x 1080 Truesense KAI-2093 CCD image sensor with a 7.4 µm x 7.4 µm pixel size and a 31 fps frame rate.

A rearview imaging system is positioned on the top of the cab looking backward and downward to detect passing vehicles, utilizes a monocular obstacle detection algorithm and is linked with a laser scanner in the back for object detection. This system also consists of two 0.8 MPixel Flea2 cameras.

Oshkosh is conducting its TerraMax UGV product development independently and also in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corps and Army to identify opportunities to use UGVs for route reconnaissance and route clearance missions. These current projects build upon previous contracts with the U.S. Office of Naval Research for the Cargo UGV Project, which focused on bringing UGV capabilities to logistics convoy missions and reducing troops’ exposure to threats, according to Oshkosh.

View more information on the TerraMax.

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