Perrone Automotive Robotic Test Systems provides products that test automated vehicles.

 

Drop-In Kits

30-minute drop in of autonomous driving of ADAS or partially automated vehicles under test.

Target Robots

Low-profile target robots capable of carrying balloon or foam cars and targets that are rugged enough for run-over.

Systems

Provision of complete end-to-end automated vehicle-testing solutions. From user interface, to robotically-driven vehicles and targets, to back-end enterprise data collection.

Drop-in Automation Kit

 

Rapidly transform any car or truck into an automated self-driving vehicle using a drop-in kit.

The Drop-in Autonomy Kit (DAK) is a system for outfitting existing vehicles with autonomous and remote control driving capabilities. The kit includes all of the actuators, sensors, electronics, and software needed in one package. The DAK allows for a 30 minute or less install into any vehicle and allows for an operator to sit in the driver's seat.

DAK system key features:

  • Steering, brake, and throttle control
  • Installs in any vehicle in 30 minutes or less
  • Programmatic full autonomous navigation
  • Route and trajectory planning
  • Sophisticated maneuver planning
  • Comfortably accommodate operator in driver's seat
  • Fully autonomous with a remote tele-operation option

Drop-in Robotic Actuation

The DAK includes a family of adapters for different pedal styles as well as adjustable components to fit various cabin layouts. The steering force reaction stand anchors firmly in the rear of the vehicle, leaving ample room for vehicle passengers and equipment.

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Man and Machine

While the DAK delivers fully autonomous operation, sometimes you want to have a human ride along in the driver's seat. The placement of DAK pedal actuators and steering force reaction stand allow for a person to sit comfortably in the driver's seat and if needed, take control of the vehicle at any time with the press of a button.

Local or Global Positioning

The DAK includes sensors for position, heading and speed as well as a ruggedized computer with software for navigation and control. The DAK is not limited to GPS for position information however. For testing that requires tunable precision or indoor/covered track operation, the DAK is available with an alternative local positioning system called Locata™. Locata uses a constellation of LocataLite™ units that you can use where you want, when you want. Locata™ allows the DAK to deliver tunable accuracy indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, 24/7.

Control and Navigation Software

The DAK system includes an embedded computer with software for defining and controlling your tests, as well as transferring and reviewing data.  The DAK software also performs real-time tasks for autonomous self-navigation and bot-to-bot communication. The DAK was developed based on requirements from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and features software support for performing tests including NHTSA Crash-Imminent Braking (CIB), NHTSA Dynamic Brake Support (DBS), Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and others.

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Built using Perrone Robotics' MAX™ general purpose robotics and automated vehicle operating system, the DAK inherits a long legacy of sophisticated fully autonomous robotics functions, maneuvers, and programmable behaviors. 

 

 

Target Robots

 

Safe, accurate, and repeatable testing of collisions with ADAS, partial, and fully automated vehicles.

Our target robots are low profile mobile autonomous ground vehicle platforms that allow safe run-over by vehicles. Atop of the target robot platforms, "soft targets" such as balloon, foam, or other soft materials representing other vehiclespedestrians, or cyclists may be placed. As such,the target robots allow for the programmable plotting of repeatable routes that are engaged by ADAS-equipped, partial, or fully autonomous vehicles.

Target Robot Vehicles (TRV)

The TRV is a Target Robot capable of carrying a 230 lb. soft target representative of a vehicle while exhibiting high speed vehicle dynamics and behavior. The TRV supports testing and safe collisions at highway speeds and can be used within indoor, covered, and outdoor test facilities alike.

The TRV was developed based on requirements from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the execution of their current and future tests of ADAS-equipped, partial, and eventual fully automated vehicles. Additionally, support for tests outlined by other agencies is supported by the TRV including NHTSA Forward Collision Warning (FCW), NHTSA Crash-Imminent Braking (CIB), NHTSA Dynamic Brake Support (DBS), Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), among others. 

TRV key features include:

  • Programmable autonomous navigation of routes, trajectories, and maneuvers
  • Acceleration, steering, and braking dynamics similar to a passenger car
  • Carry payloads up to 230 lbs
  • Passenger car footprint of 12 feet long x 5.5 feet wide
  • Run-over height of 5 inches
  • Speeds of 0 to 55 mph in 8 seconds or less
  • Braking up to 1g
  • Tele-operated control as well as autonomous

Target Robot Base

The Target Robot base is a low-profile robotic platform designed to carry “crashable” soft targets representing passenger cars, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians. If the safety system of the vehicle under test fails to prevent a collision, the test vehicle runs over the base and collides with the soft target, which can be quickly retrieved and reassembled on top of the Target Robot base. All Target Robot bases are designed to sustain run-over from SUVs and some for run-over by tractor trailers. The base of each Target Robot is 3" to 5" high (tractor trailer bases vary).

Control and Navigation

The Target Robot can be remotely controlled or configured for autonomous navigation of test profiles in software. A sophisticated and highly programmable set of maneuvers can be configured to yield a wide range of automotive test procedures and scenarios. The Target Robot includes sensors for position, heading, and speed as well as a ruggedized computer with software for navigation and control. The Target Robot is can be used with any preferred GPS system. The Target Robots have also been integrated with the Locata local positioning system enabling more precise positioning as well as use for indoor or covered track environments.

Built using Perrone RoboticsMAX™ general purpose robotics and automated vehicle operating system, the TRV and Target Robots inherit a long legacy of sophisticated fully autonomous robotics functions, maneuvers, and programmable behaviors. 

E-Stop System

The Target Robot includes a robust E-Stop system for stopping and powering down in the event of unsafe conditions. A Target Robot can be manually stopped and powered off at any time with a handheld remote E-Stop unit. A Target Robot also monitors communications and navigation systems to automatically shut down and stop based upon sensor or system failures. A watchdog inside of the Target Robot performs fail-safe monitoring of signals and information. The Watchdog responds to fail-safe signals from remote E-Stop units and passively monitors information from the Target Robot computers and sensors. Upon any E-Stop trigger, the Target Robot will immediately perform safety critical responses inclusive of controlled braking, emergency fail-safe braking, drive system cut-off, and power cut-off.

 

 

Systems

 

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 Automotive Robotic Tests Systems has 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.

Automotive Robotic Test System

The Automotive Robotic Test System (ARTS) 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, ARTS supports testing and safe collisions at highway speeds and can be used in indoor, covered, and outdoor tracks. Built using Perrone Robotics' MAX™ general purpose robotics and automated vehicle operating system, ARTS robots inherit a long legacy of sophisticated fully autonomous robotics functions, maneuvers, and programmable behaviors. 

Safety Testing at IIHS

Perrone Automotive Robotic Test Systems' has been supporting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their advanced initiative to test ADAS and automated driving systems using ARTS. We have been 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 ARTS in the March 2015 cover story of Inside Unmanned Systems titled "The Future of Autonomy".

Drop-in Autonomy Kit (DAK)

Test vehicles equipped with our 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 ARTS 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, our 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.