Unmanned Ground Vehicle Platform Integrates with Quadcopter Drone

Published: 11 Jul 2017 | Author: Caroline Rees

Komodo UGV and quadcopter

RoboTiCan, a manufacturer and developer of autonomous robotic platforms, has announced full-scale deployment of unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) robot integration with quadcopter technology using the company’s Komodo mobile robotic platform. The project is the brainchild of Dr. Noa Agmon and Prof. Gal Kaminka from the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University, who developed the quadcopter integration process with Komondo as a key component.

“Komodo is our most recognized and prestigious autonomous ground robot, and it is widely used for unique purposes and for research”, said Hagai Balsahi, RoboTiCan’s CEO. “Since RoboTiCan’s inception eight years ago, we have specialized in developing robots for distinct environments and exclusive needs, such as Special Forces, industry, industrial manufacturing (indoors and outdoors), clean-room production, logistics and research. Komodo has proven itself to be the most flexible platform in the market after accumulating thousands of hours of operating experience. This combination of technologies demonstrates for the first time the seamless and quick integration Komodo provides,” Hagai added.

The Komodo was integrated with an aerial robot in a specific environment for two purposes: to provide the ground robot and its operator with a bird’s-eye view behind the horizon of the robot’s sensors; and for the drone to provide the Komodo with an “anchor point” to improve its position and orientation. By harnessing this technology, one aerial drone can support numerous ground robots by providing feedback on their relative position and helping control the ground robots’ formation while in motion.