Unmanned Ground Vehicle Electronic Hardware Architecture: A Flexible and Scalable Architecture for Developing Unmanned Ground Vehicles


  1. Broten, G.
  2. Monckton, S.
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Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
The Autonomous Land Systems (ALS) initiative has been tasked with researching and developing innovative autonomous vehicles that will assist the Canadian Forces in performing their duties in the 21st century. This research will continue for many years, on many different types of unmanned ground vehicles and thus requires a flexible and scalable robot electronic hardware architecture. This architecture must be applicable to vehicles ranging from small indoor research platforms to large outdoor military vehicles such as the LAVIII. This report describes the hardware architecture, known as the Robot Nervous System, which will serve as a backbone for current and future Autonomous Land Systems development. The architecture is distributed in nature and thus strongly supports the scalable requirements of the R&D program. Presently the architecture uses three scales of processors, each well suited for their specified tasks. The processors are linked via appropriate network topologies that enable each processor type to be leveraged to its maximum capabilities. This hardware architecture is currently being implemented in a variety of autonomous vehicles that are under development at DRDC Suffield.

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Unmanned ground vehicles;Robotics;Autonomous vehicles;Electronic hardware architecture;Robot nervous system;Autonomous Land Systems
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-TM-2004-122 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 2004
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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