Perrone Robotics has been developing mobile autonomous robotics solutions since 2001. PRI’s core technology is their patent pending MAX (Mobile Autonomous X) software platform. MAX serves as a general-purpose software platform for mobile autonomous robotics. Over the years, Perrone Robotics has thickened and applied MAX as a software platform for unmanned ground and autonomous vehicles. MAX was put to the test demonstrating a rapid and robust means for building fully autonomous ground vehicles as demonstrated in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and subsequently the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. These competitions were established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to accelerate the development of fully autonomous ground vehicle technology.
On the heels of their involvement with the DARPA Grand Challenges, Perrone Robotics began commercializing their technology automating ground vehicle and transportation related applications using MAX as well as advanced LiDAR-based perception software (MAX-LiDAR). Over the years Perrone Robotics fielded a wide range of partial and fully automated ground vehicle applications as well as LiDAR-based perception applications for commercial and government use. Perrone Robotics also continued to showcase their technology in applications such as in the automation of rock legend Neil Young’s converted 1959 Lincoln Continental extended range Electric Vehicle.
Perrone Robotics and its employees also participate in the global automated vehicle community vis-à-vis chairmanship of the SAE On Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee (ORAV), founding of the SAE ORAV Verification & Validation Task Force, FIRST Robotics League support, X-Prize Foundation planning of an automated vehicle competition, and speaking engagements at automated vehicle and driverless car related industry conferences, among many other activities.
In 2012, Perrone Robotics began fielding a next generation robotic collision avoidance test system under an engagement with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The resulting Automated Vehicle Test System (AVTS) was developed to include a drop-in autonomy kit (DAK) for converting any desired test vehicle into an automated vehicle in 30 minutes or less. The AVTS also was developed to include low-profile run-over target robot platforms carrying crash-able soft targets such as vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. The DAKs and target robots are programmed with embedded MAX software, whose software DNA reaches back to the company’s beginning and DARPA Grand Challenge work. The underlying software has grown to support a wide range of highly sophisticated movement plans and scenarios unlocking a virtually limitless range of both single and N-robot coordinated test and collision scenarios for the DAKs and target robots under MAX control. GPS-based navigation is supported for outdoor operations, and a local positioning solution is supported for indoor and covered track operations.
In 2016, Perrone Robotics spun off their AVTS business into a wholly owned subsidiary called Perrone Automotive Robotic Test Systems. The parent company Perrone Robotics now focuses their full effort on the development and commercialization of their MAX software platform for use in autonomous ground vehicles.