SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Two Utah companies have won the top prize at the U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored robotic range-clearance competition.
Kairos Autonomi Inc. and Autonomous Solutions Inc. used Autonomous Mobility Applique Systems technology in bringing automation and unmanned systems technology to unexploded ordnance cleanup on munitions ranges.
The capabilities can improve the safety and effectiveness of the four primary range-clearing tasks: vegetation clearance, surface clearance, geophysical mapping and subsurface clearance.
The team fielded three unique vehicles that competed in all four tasks. Each vehicle employed Autonomous Solutions' Mobius Command and Control Software as its AMAS A (Autonomy) Kit, and Kairos' Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit for the AMAS B (By-wire) Kit.
Team UXOD achieved a 70 percent level of autonomy for the range-clearance tasks.
"We have demonstrated that Mobius and the Pronto4 are fielded, proven technologies that can be utilized for range clearance tasks," said Troy Takach, president and chief executive officer Kairos Autonomi.
"Our success at the R2C2 is further proof that autonomy applique kits and by-wire applique kits are the future of unmanned vehicle operation."
The Mobius software solution commands, controls and monitors multiple unmanned systems. It includes a robust set of features developed for unmanned vehicles in military, mining, agriculture, material handling and surveillance applications.
The Pronto4 system is a robotic applique kit that enables ground vehicles to drive themselves by receiving inputs from an autonomy kit such as Mobius.
Team UXOD is making its technology and robotic vehicles available for immediate use. It is comprised of Kairos Autonomi, Autonomous Solutions, Science Applications International, Zonge International, VKR, John Deere and WM Robots.
The Office of Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, sponsored the Robotic Range Clearance Competition.