Automated Vehicle Testing

Fully integrated, user programmable, and safe testing of ADAS-equipped, partial, and fully automated vehicles.

Automotive systems for collision avoidance and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are rapidly evolving as manufacturers inch closer to delivering automated vehicles. Perrone Robotics has been a pioneer in autonomous ground vehicle technology since fielding an entry in the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 and has since developed robotic platforms and systems to test automotive safety systems such as Crash-Imminent Braking (CIB), Dynamic Brake Support (DBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and an evolving array of automated vehicle functions.

Automated Vehicle Test System

The Automated Vehicle Test System (AVTS) is a combination of robotic subsystems that empowers safety test facilities, vehicle manufacturers, and vehicle safety system suppliers to safely and repeatably test Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving systems in today's vehicles. Unlike previous test offerings, AVTS supports testing and safe collisions at highway speeds and can be used in indoor, covered, and outdoor tracks. Built using the MAX™ general purpose robotics and automated vehicle operating system, AVTS robots inherit a long legacy of sophisticated fully autonomous robotics functions, maneuvers, and programmable behaviors. 


Safety Testing at IIHS

Perrone Robotics has been supporting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their advanced initiative to test ADAS and automated driving systems using the AVTS developed by Perrone Robotics. Perrone Robotics is supplying IIHS with a suite of Drop-in Autonomy Kits, Target Robot Vehicles, a Local positioning system, communications network, and data collection servers integrated and managed through a simple user interface. Find out more about IIHS' use of AVTS in the March 2015 cover story of Inside Unmanned Systems titled "The Future of Autonomy".

Drop-in Autonomy Kit (DAK)

Test vehicles equipped with Perrone Robotics' Drop-in Autonomy Kit (DAK) turn the vehicle into an autonomous vehicle for simulation of repeatable driving behaviors. Steering, brake, and throttle are controlled via actuators while a human driver can sit comfortably in the driver's seat for monitoring. Programmatic autonomous operation of routes and maneuvers are exposed via an AVTS graphical user interface. What's more, the entire DAK installs in any car or truck in 30 minutes or less.

Target Robot Vehicle (TRV)

In order to safely test the collision avoidance and automated functions of a test vehicle, Perrone Robotics' Target Robot Vehicle (TRV) provides an autonomous self-guided platform for operation to mimic a vehicle. Outfitted with a soft target, test vehicles can safely collide with whatever balloon or foam target is placed on top of the TRV and simply run over the low profile TRV. Automotive grade speeds, accelerations, steering, and braking enable the TRV to mimic the driving dynamics of any commercial vehicle.