Polaris Industries will provide a modified versions of its Ranger XP 900 EPS for DARPA’s upcoming Robotics Challenge. Polaris customized the vehicles with a remote SafeStop Electronic Throttle Kill and Brake Actuation technology and it features a 1,000-pound capacity bed with space for the robot’s power supply. The competition is based on eight tasks in a simulated disaster relief scenario which would likely include utility vehicles because of their versatility and off-road capabilities. The Rangers will be used for the driving task and will need to navigate a a 250-foot course with obstacles and varied widths and exhibit the ability to turn the vehicle in a full circle. The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials will be held Dec. 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., and are open to the public. Learn more: Theroboticsofbusiness.com
Comment: The vehicles are coming from the Polaris Defense Division. The military has been testing robotic vehicles including UTVs for a number of years. John Deere has a robotic Gator that it partnered with Boeing UK to develop. Disaster relief and military applications have a fair amount in common in terms of the vehicle capabilities and features needed.
on for some testing.