US Navy orders Robotnik Summit XL mobile vehicles

8 November 2012 (Last Updated November 8th, 2012 03:40)

Barrett Technology has received purchase orders from the US Navy to deliver three Robotnik Summit XL mobile platforms.

Summit XL mobile platform

Barrett Technology has received purchase orders from the US Navy to deliver three Robotnik Summit XL mobile platforms.

The Robotnik-built Summit XL is a compact autonomous vehicle, consisting of independent suspension and drives, as well as omni-directional treads on each of its wheels.

The Summit XL medium-sized high mobility all-terrain robot is equipped with nimble suspension systems that enable the vehicles to handle obstacles more than half the height even when moving at a speed of 3m/sec.

"Barrett has been a solid partner for us, and so we're especially pleased with this early adoption of our vehicles by the US Navy."

Robotnik CEO Roberto Guzmán said: "Barrett has been a solid partner for us, and so we're especially pleased with this early adoption of our vehicles by the US Navy."

The Summit XL is built on four high-power motor wheel skid-steering motion mechanics; each wheel combines a hub brushless motor with gearbox and encoder.

Designed with a strong mechanical structure and mountable at various positions, the Summit XL-Omni autonomously-guided vehicle (AGV) has several suspension shocks possibilities, and can carry large and heavy loads.

The robot uses a PTZ camera to navigate autonomously or can be tele-operated to transmit real-time videos.

Additional features of the platform include common sensor options, such as a Hokuyo laser, a scanner and a range of RTK-DGPS kits.

In order to integrate components, the robot is provided with internal USB; RS232, GPIO and RJ45 and an external connectivity USB, 12 and 24VDC.

In addition to military applications, the robot can be used for surveillance, remote monitoring and accessing hazardous areas, as well as for research and education.


Image: Robotnik's Summit XL mobile platform during an event demonstration. Photo: courtesy of Robotnik.