How did we do all this?

Leveraging our unique MAX architecture!

  • A cohesive and comprehensive suite of software building blocks universally applicable to the broadest possible range of autonomous vehicle and robotics applications
  • Designed to be portable across vehicle types. The same application software operates across a wide range of vehicle platforms and applications
  • Portable across hardware and operating environments ranging from embedded controllers to large-scale systems for highly complex tasks
  • Comprehensive, including pre-defined sensor and control interfaces that simplify integration with underlying robotics and automation hardware
  • Flexible, letting you develop small layers of code to process unusual data types or to extend or replace existing sense-plan-act modules in our platform

Portfolio Projects

For over 16 years, 29 vehicle platforms, and 33,500+ autonomous miles driven, Perrone Robotics has been applying, testing, and extending its patented MAX platform. From its genesis in the historic DARPA challenges, to 24×7 commercial grade projects, and now integrated into large automotive and industrial customer applications, MAX has has proven itself as a full autonomy software stack.

Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle (Automotive OEM)

  • Prestige Brand Automotive OEM leveraging MAX’ standard full autonomy software stack for sensing, perception, fusion, path planning, and movement planning.
  • Fielding multiple vehicles operating on public roads in busy urban environments and longer range operations.
  • Delivered a rich set of autonomous behaviors from obstacle avoidance of vehicles and pedestrians, pacing, passing vehicles, intersection handling, roundabout merging, traffic signal handling, lane keeping, self-parking, and high speed operations.

Autonomous Industrial Mining Trucks (Liebherr)

  • Liebherr autonomous control of their T282C model mining haul truck – world’s largest autonomous ground vehicle!
  • Advanced communication capabilities and behavioral rules for controlling a 330 ton vehicle (empty – 660 tons loaded!)
  • High degree of sensor integration – using multiple, multi-beam lidars, stereo cameras, radars, and GPS/inertial nav units.
  • Leveraging MAX-based software platform certifiable to industrial standards.
Autonomous vehicle on highway

Autonomous Showcase Vehicle

  • Integrated MAX into a drive-by-wire based vehicle showcasing a wide range of autonomous functions.
  • Employing our Sensor Agnostic Mounting System (SAMS)(TM) for flexible plug and play and test of different sensors used for autonomous operations (i.e. LiDAR, RADAR, ultrasonics, and cameras of various make/models).
  • Employing our E-Brick(TM) racking system allowing a flexible plug and play and test of different types and arrangements of compute architectures and supporting devices for autonomy.
  • Modeling of the system in our Hardware In-the Loop (HIL) simulation environment, enabling developers to go from simulation at their desk to in car testing with their laptop to deployment to onboard computers for rapid develop-test-refine cycles.
  • Demonstration of MAX efficiency by running fully autonomous on Raspberry Pi computers and MAX production-grade capability by running on industrial-grade and certifiable compute systems.

Rapid Autonomous Prototype Vehicle (Intel Corp.)

  • Fielded Intel Corporation’s first autonomous car.
  • From standard vehicle to a MAX-enabled system for autonomous drive, pedestrian and vehicle avoidance, pacing, and passing in just 6 weeks of time.

Bolt-in Autonomy Kit vehicle (Wind River – Intel Subsidiary)

  • Leveraged our generalized Bolt-in Autonomy Kit (BAK) to outfit a consumer passenger van for autonomy (while also permitting human driver override).
  • Fielded MAX-based autonomous functions atop of Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system.

Drop-in Autonomy Kit vehicle (McLaren Spider vehicle)

  • Leveraged our generalized Drop-in Autonomy Kit (DAK) for rapid 30 minute drop-in to a McLaren SpiderĀ (while also permitting human driver override).
  • DAK enables rapid drop-in without bolts or damage to vehicle and also allows for easy removal.
  • Provided high-level MAX Application Programmers Interface (API) for end user to program custom features for autonomy.

MAX Software Developer’s Kit (Tier 1 Auto Supplier)

  • Provided MAX Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) to Tier 1 Automotive Supplier for simulation, testing, and development of autonomous vehicle functions.
  • MAX SDK included documentation, API specification, and sample code for Tier 1 Auto Supplier integration.

Autonomous Home/Office Robot (Large PC Manufacturer)

  • Work with a large brand-name computer manufacturer on a consumer/commercial robot for home and office.
  • Leveraging the same MAX platform as used for auto/industrial but for slower indoor navigation and environmental demands.

2005 DARPA Grand Challenge

  • Fielded a custom-built autonomous dune buggy for the historic 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, a 170+ mile race across the Mojave desert.
  • Total project budget of $60K yielded a fully autonomous Level 5 vehicle (no driver inside nor in remote control) to self-navigate off-road desert terrain and obstacles.

2007 DARPA Urban Challenge

  • Fielded a Scion Xb commercial vehicle retrofitted for the historic 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a 60+ mile race through a mock city and urban environment.
  • Total project budget of $120K yielded a fully autonomous Level 5 vehicle (no driver inside nor in remote control) to self-navigate in a city environment for moving vehicle object detection and avoidance, pacing, passing, intersection handling, merging, parking, U-turns, and dynamic rerouting.

Neil Young’s LincVolt

  • Rock legend Neil Young has been a pioneer and advocate for the advancement of clean extended range electric vehicles via his converted 1959 Lincoln Continental, a.k.a. “LincVolt
  • MAX was used onboard to automate LincVolt functions.
  • Perrone Robotics, via CEO Paul Perrone, played a key role as a team member on the project bringing advanced automation features to the vehicle.
  • Neil Young and Paul Perrone patented some of the novelties of LincVolt’s intelligence via an Intelligent Vehicle Dashboard patent in 2009.

LiDAR Vehicle Classification (Pennsylvania Turnpike)

  • Developed MAX-based software to collect data from a distributed array of LiDAR sensors, detect vehicle, characterize them, and classify them for a Pennsylvania Turnpike application.
  • Fielded across multiple PA. Turnpike locations for 24×7 multi-LIDAR based perception/fusion in sunny, rainy, snowy, and foggy environmental conditions.
  • MAX fielded in a mission-critical real-time operating system environment.

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