MAX Offers:

  • A cohesive and comprehensive suite of software building blocks universally applicable to the broadest possible range of robotics and automation applications
  • Portability across hardware and operating environments ranging from embedded controllers to standard processors and large-scale systems for highly complex tasks
  • Pre-defined sensor and control interfaces simplifying integration with underlying robotics and automation hardware
  • The ability to develop small layers of code to process unusual data types or to extend or replace existing sense-plan-act modules in our platform

Experience

MAX has proven its advertised features across a wide variety of robotics and automation applications for over 15 years. From simple hobby and prototype grade projects to 24/7 commercial grade applications deployed in the field to complex fully autonomous vehicles, MAX has successfully met the challenge of a wide range of applications. Some examples:

  • DARPA Grand Challenge and DARPA Urban Challenge fully autonomous robotic cars
  • Laser-based vehicle measurement and classification on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • Extended Range Electric Vehicle management system for Neil Young’s LincVolt car
  • Low-cost unmanned ground vehicles
  • Low-cost unmanned air vehicles

Current Projects

  • Liebherr autonomous control of their T282C model mining haul truck – largest in the world!
    • Interesting project very similar to an automotive solution in many ways, but also very advanced with respect to communications capabilities and specific behavioral rules that you need when you’re 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
  • Brand-name OEM
    • Working in our second phase of autonomous behavior, we’re also automating our 2nd set of vehicles from this well-known OEM
    • Delivered a rich set of autonomous behaviors from obstacle avoidance of vehicles and pedestrians to intersection handling and roundabout merging on out to self-parking
  • Working with a brand-name computer manufacturer on a consumer/commercial robot for home and office
    • Same platform as the previous jobs, but
  • “Linc” – A 2017 Lincoln MKZ, Linc is PRIs official test car for autonomous driving and maneuver development. Linc uses these sensors:
    • 6 Velodyne lidars used to determine obstacles in front of and to the rear of Linc
    • 6 Delphi Radars used for long-range obstacle detection needed for highway braking and higher-speed lane merging
    • Mobileye Camera used for lane-keeping and pedestrian/sign/light detection
    • Differential GPS used for positioning and path following
    • IMU for understanding Linc’s POSE – position, orientation, stance, etc.
  • Linc contains a drive-by-wire kit from DataSpeed which allows us to steer, accelerate, and brake with CAN-bus commands
  • Linc contains PRI’s e-box and b-box solutions for integrating all of these sensors and powering them

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