ASI Reveals New Autonomous Platform
The FORGE robot can be used with a variety of hardware and software application packages.
By Robotics Trends News Sources - Filed Aug 14, 2013

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) will officially unveil FORGE™, a new open-interface extensible ground robot, at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C. Answering the many requests for an x-by-wire skid steer base that can be expanded for a variety of robotic applications, the Forge platform enables developers and end users to buy and sell hardware and software application packages for unmanned industrial, military, and commercial uses.

Forge utilizes ASI's x-by-wire electronics that have been fielded around the world with Fortune 500 partners in the automotive, military, agriculture, mining, and materials handling industries. Ford Motor Company recently profiled their success using ASI technology to operate robotic test vehicles over thousands of rough miles each month. Forge’s versatile electronics can be coupled with higher level components to accomplish remote control, teleoperation, full autonomy, and coordinated multi-vehicle control. Users will be able to create and operate their own apps through the Forge API or leverage ASI’s standard hardware and software packages including Mobius™ Command & Control, Vantage™ Obstacle Detection and Avoidance, and a variety of sensor suites.

ASI will actively seek feedback on this new product at the AUVSI conference and on the website to understand developer’s desired interface and operating system choices in order to accelerate their product time to market.

FORGE will be available for sale on September 1, 2013.

About ASI

For more than 12 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems and components. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in military, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and automotive industries with robotic solutions ranging from driver assistance to full multi-vehicle autonomy. ASI’s world-class engineering staff is dedicated to the ideals of innovation, quality, simplicity, and safety.

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