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Oshkosh Truck and university design robotic vehicle
Published: February 11, 2004
Oshkosh Truck Corp., a manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck
bodies, and Ohio State University have partnered to develop a
self-navigating robotic vehicle that will compete in the
Pentagon-sponsored $1 million DARPA Grand Challenge, the company
The completely autonomous vehicle, known as Terramax, will traverse a
rugged 250-mile Mojave Desert course in March between Los Angeles and
Las Vegas without a driver or remote controls.
To navigate the cross-country course alone, the Terramax vehicle is
equipped with complex sensing systems, a global position system,
high-power computers and drive-by-wire technology. The vehicle will
select a course based on a set of coordinates that are disclosed two
hours before race time to the final field of up to 20 race teams.
"The applications for this driverless technology are remarkable,
particularly for the military, which is sponsoring this race," said Don
Verhoff, Oshkosh's executive vice president of technology. "Although
design development may continue for years, the idea of a driverless
convoy of defense vehicles to deliver supplies to the front line, never
jeopardizing the welfare of a single driver, is closer than one might
Oshkosh Truck Corp. manufactures specialty trucks and truck bodies for
the defense, fire and emergency, concrete placement and refuse hauling
markets. The company is based in Oshkosh and had annual sales of $1.9
billion in fiscal 2003.
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