Kratos Receives Approval for Deployment of Unmanned Autonomous Safety Vehicles on Public Roadways
The Kratos AIPV is a first-of-its kind work zone vehicle designed in partnership with
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The AIPV system was adapted from an autonomous Leader/Follower system Kratos Defense originally developed for military ground robotics applications enabling an unmanned “follower vehicle” to follow the path of a human-driven “leader vehicle”. The AIPV Leader/Follower system is an electro-mechanical retrofit kit that includes an advanced navigation system accurate to +/- 6 inches and operational in both GPS and GPS-denied operation. Additional system components include an encrypted Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications system, advanced front- and side-view obstacle detection/avoidance, an active safety system, redundancy, and several user definable controls. During operation, velocity, heading, and position information from the leader vehicle is transmitted to the unmanned AIPV in packets of data called eCrumbs. The transmitted data enables the AIPV to know precise position, speed, and direction of the leader vehicle as it travels along the intended route.
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