Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2016-JAN 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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34 unmanned systems inside   December 2016/January 2017 LAND MATERIALS DELIVERY 3-D depth data from a single sensor, which has value from an engineering complexity standpoint, safety and esthetics." The Future Technology for outdoor and indoor autono- mous vehicles will continue to evolve, and com- panies like GE that are known for embracing innovation and automation, want to see even more capabilities in these systems. For Espi- nosa, who has two OTTOs for now, that means finding a better way to hand off the material once the OTTO arrives at the production line or in the shipping area. Right now a person is tasked with that job, but he'd like to see an au- tomated mechanism, maybe a conveyor belt, handle that as well, but that means develop- ing something that can transfer materials that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The idea of using automation inside these facilities isn't new, Rendall said, and industry members are excited to see where this latest technology might lead. "Our vision is that the world becomes driver- less, it's just a matter of how quickly," he said. "In the world of factory logistics there's this Holy Grail vision of lights out, or a world where the en- tire operation is automated end to end and you're able to turn off the lights because machines don't need the lights on. That's the vision for manu- facturing. I can't tell you how many facilities I've been to where they have a $100 million automa- tion cell in one location or a $200 million cell in another area but they have somebody pushing a cart feeding materials into those machines or taking materials out. With self-driving vehicles you can finally connect those islands and achieve truly lights out automation." "THE PROMISE OF self-driving vehicles solves sizeable problems combining the benefits of cost, repeatability and predictability of automated systems with flexibility and a low barrier to entry." Matt Rendall, CEO, Clearpath Robotics 0.1° Roll & Pitch 0.2° Heading 2 cm RTK » Immune to magnetic disturbances » L1/L2 GNSS receiver Ellipse-D Dual GNSS/INS Inertial Navigation System » Accurate heading even under low dynamics » Post-processing

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