Map generation utility for unmanned ground vehicle

Map generation utility for unmanned ground vehicle



Primordial has secured a purchase order from Oshkosh Corporation to develop a map generation utility for their TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, a system Oshkosh is developing for the Department of Defense.

TerraMax is an autonomous vehicle system that has been developed for multiple Oshkosh military vehicle fleets including the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) 4×4 and 6×6 as well as the palletized load system (PLS). The TerraMax technology is available as a kit for converting other manned vehicles into autonomous platforms as they are produced or to existing fleets, without interfering with the conventional operation of the vehicle.

The technology uses GIS data to influence unmanned driving behaviours and paths. By working with Primordial, Oshkosh expects to streamline the process and accelerate the generation of route files from GIS data, including aerial imagery, topographic maps, and vector data, that is sufficiently accurate for autonomous navigation.

Primordial’s president Randy Milbert said, “This is a great opportunity to apply our sophisticated techniques for generating on- and off-road routable maps in areas like Afghanistan and Iraq to a proven UGV platform.”