DRIVER: Data-Rich Interface for Vehicle Remote Operation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number: A072-210-1918
Amount: $1,479,840.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-210
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive, Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 119094493
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitchell Rohde
 Chief Operating Officer
 (734) 994-0028
Business Contact
 Mitchell Rohde
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (734) 994-0028
Research Institution
Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will play an important role in the nation’s next-generation ground forces. Control of UGVs is accomplished remotely, through a command system that allows an operator(s) to receive sensor data from the UGV and send motion commands to the vehicle. Remote control (i.e. teleoperation) of a UGV is a physically and cognitively complex task, because the operator must command the vehicle based on limited sensory information. This problem is exacerbated when an operator attempts to command a vehicle traveling at high speed. Bridging the gap between current teleoperation systems and a system that can enable robust high-speed teleoperation requires innovation in several areas, including visual sensing, auditory and tactile sensing, and embedded control algorithms. To address the above challenges, Quantum Signal has initiated development of the DRIVER system for high speed UGV teleoperation. The system will be easy to operate, and will enable safe teleoperation of UGVs at high speeds by: 1) Providing a diverse, data-rich sensory environment to the operator via a compact, man-portable interface; 2) Seamlessly embedding intelligent stability control algorithms in the operator interface; 3) Efficiently transmitting sensor feedback and driver commands over a wireless network with limited bandwidth.

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