Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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25 unmanned systems inside April/May 2017 June/July 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. grade to professional, and we'll continue to see these advanced systems used more and more. Part of the challenge is UGVs can't be offered as a one size fits all solution; every customer has different needs and limitations. The vehicles also must have robust obstacle avoidance capa- bilities. When traveling outside, they need to be able to differentiate between a harmless blade of grass and a potentially damaging steel rod— which is why it's so important to develop high- quality, affordable sensors for these systems. Lukac, of CNH Industrial, also expects to see more UGVs, at least in the agriculture in- dustry, to start to take off in the next five years or so. The early adopters will invest in the tech- nology, enabling others to see the benefits. Regulations also will be established, helping to guide integration. Full autonomy is a possibility, but probably not for another 20 or 25 years, Lukac said. When that happens, tractors could even con- tinue working at night while their owners sleep. For now, manufacturers will educate busi- ness owners about the benefits UGVs offer and focus on advancing the technology so it makes their operations even safer and more efficient. "In speaking to owners of companies and people who invest in the equipment, there's a huge amount of excitement," Forestell said. "It will become the norm in some areas, like rock trucks and trucks doing large acreages of cash cropping. And it will happen before autono- mous cars. Owners of construction companies or mines or farms will be interested in any way they can make money faster, be more efficient and enhance safety. There's an emotional at- tachment to driving a car and there are more regulations (than with UGVs)." Unmanned vehicles are also being implemented more and more in industrial settings. For more on how these platforms are being leveraged, read Driving Innovation from the Inside at Indoor Innovations

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