A solution story for Exlar.
The DARPA Urban Challenge is an autonomous vehicle research and development program with the goal of developing technology that will keep warfighters off the battlefield and out of harm’s way. The Urban Challenge features autonomous ground vehicles maneuvering in a mock city environment, executing simulated military supply missions while merging into moving traffic, navigating traffic circles, negotiating busy intersections, and avoiding obstacles.
DARPA conducts the Urban Challenge program. Every “dull, dirty, or dangerous” task that can be carried out using a machine instead of a human protects our war fighters and allows valuable human resources to be used more effectively
The compact Exlar® linear actuators and rotary motor provided the ideal solution to keep the weight down and consume as little space as possible in the SOLO Autonomous Ground vehicle designed by SoftThought Inc. for the DARPA challenge. With standard products that pass the rigorous requirements of military shock and vibration testing, Exlar’s actuators and motors also had the reliability required for this arduous challenge. Read the full story