ASI Releases New Version of Mobius™ Command & Control Software

By Caroline Rees / 14 May 2013
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Mobius v6.0 features road network updates making it easier to dispatch unmanned vehicles

Mobius v6.0 features road network updates making it easier to dispatch unmanned vehicles

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. announces that Version 6.0 of Mobius™ Command & Control Software has been released. Mobius v6.0 features Windows 7 compatibility fixes, road network support, enhanced vehicle history playback, and simplified vehicle simulator creation.

Mobius™ Command & Control Software is ASI’s flagship navigation software for autonomous vehicles and is responsible for a variety of functions, including: vehicle pathway planning, controlling speed and direction of vehicles, and facilitating the cooperation of all vehicles in an entire autonomous system.

Version 6.0 marks the first major version release of Mobius in 2013 and the first release since ASI switched to an AGILE software development model. “This new version of Mobius represents a lot of work under-the-hood,” said Paul Lewis, Director of Software Development at ASI. “With the exception of a few enhancements, the majority of Mobius users won’t experience much change from how they normally do things. But from a coding perspective, it’s much simpler.”

One of the major tasks undertaken by ASI’s software development team was to unify the code into a single common architecture. “We were developing to four separate architectures that were customized to separate markets,” said Lewis. “While that method has its benefits, we realized that unification was the best option for the enhancements we have coming up in the near future. We combined the best practices from the four code bases and now have a streamlined architecture that will allow us to make changes much more rapidly. This will definitely increase our ability to add customer value quickly.”

New Feature Highlights:

  • Windows 7 Compatibility: Previous versions of Mobius experienced some compatibility issues with Windows 7, making it difficult for Windows users to tele-operate autonomous vehicles. Version 6.0 fixes these issues.
  • Road Network Support: This enhancement gives users more flexibility and control over how vehicles move from one area to another. In previous versions of Mobius, autonomous vehicles used a straight line when the user directed them from one operation area to another. In v6.0, users have the ability to develop a custom “road” that designates direction, one-way or two-way traffic, and obstacles to avoid. Unmanned vehicles now travel on these user-defined roads during dispatch.
  • Vehicle Telemetry Record and Playback: This new enhancement allows operators to record and playback vehicle operation segments. Site analysts and vehicle testers can use the telemetry playback to rewind Mobius and focus on a specific event in time to review what a vehicle did and how.
  • Custom Simulator Creation: Mobius allows operators to run a simulation that mimics how an actual vehicle would behave on a user-defined path. Version 6.0 features more flexibility and simplicity in starting a simulator, which, in older versions of Mobius, was an engineer-only task. Mobius v6.0 simplifies the process and enables customers of all skill levels to setup and execute simulations.

A full list of Mobius v6.0 updates and enhancements is available upon request.

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