Robotic Research

Robotic Research Driven

Robotic Research, LLC, is a leading provider of autonomy and robotic technology driving the transformation of government and commercial autonomous operations through innovative and intelligent systems. Whether providing autonomous vehicles to the military to keep the warfighter safe, delivering unmanned, transformable robots to extend the reach of Special Forces units, or making commercial transportation safer and more efficient, Robotic Research is leading this dynamic revolution in technology.

For nearly 20 years, the company’s subject matter experts in artificial intelligence and computing, along with our world-renowned engineers, take what many consider dull, dirty and dangerous activities, and transform them with smart, clean, safe solutions. This is the passion that drives Robotic Research in pushing the incredibly rapid evolution occurring today.

Covering the Battlefield

Robotic Research is a force multiplier for SpecOps and combat units. By thinking differently about mission challenges, the company designs and implements solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of logistics, enhance situational awareness and save lives by extending the warfighter’s reach.

Robotic Research has developed transformable robots, automated vehicles from ATVs to armored trucks, and with the landscape of war shifting underground, GPS-denied localization devices. Ultimately, Robotic Research strives to aid the warfighter through innovation. By combining coordinated networks of autonomous systems that are capable of re-tasking, the company improves situational awareness. With its autonomous technology, warfighters are able to see and act on mission critical information without putting themselves in harm’s way. Robotic Research supports programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, other specialized agencies within the DOD, DHS, DARPA and more.

Defense Solutions

  • RR-N-140™: The RR-N-140 Navigation System provides accurate absolute and relative 3D (6 DOF) localization information for ground vehicles of all sizes. It is designed specifically for use on unmanned ground vehicles and is heavily customizable to incorporate a wide variety of sensor inputs into the navigation solution.
  • Pegasus™: Pegasus is a family of tactically deployable, transformable, autonomous robotic systems that provides all the air capability of a VTOL UAS in conjunction with the capabilities of a tracked UGV.
  • Autonomy Kit: Robotic Research is an industry leader in providing autonomy kits for ground vehicles. These modular autonomy kits can be integrated onto existing military ground vehicles allowing Implements Interoperability Profile (IOP) and containing higher-level robotic modes including, but not limited to, teleoperation, waypoint navigation and leader-follower.
  • nSight™: The nSight system provides a comprehensive suite for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the performance of unmanned systems. It can be used for comparing two autonomous systems or for comparing a human driver to an autonomous system.
  • WarLoc™: WarLoc is a GPS-denied localization device for dismounts. It is used to increase the safety and security of both the warfighters and first responders. The device attaches to the foot of operators and sends location information to a smartphone. WarLoc measures user position in all GPS-denied locations, from underground to skyscrapers.

Enabling Technologies

  • Coordinated Localization: Coordinated localization seeks to fuse all sources of position information, including signals of opportunity like GPS, and calculate accurate high-level location and at the same time low-level location. This capability has been demonstrated to work in many situations, with the focus on GPS-denied environments.
  • Manned-Unmanned Teaming: To meet the ever-changing landscape of conflict, Robotic Research has developed an innovative family of systems that address MUM-T challenges above and below ground.
  • Adversarial Autonomy: Adversarial Autonomy refers to an autonomy engine that must engage with and against one or more intelligent human operators who are trying to actively defeat the group of vehicles for continuous extended periods of time in a relatively unconstrained condition. At Robotic Research, its cutting-edge autonomous systems have been created with these conditions in mind.
  • Situational Awareness: Many of the company’s robotic systems are equipped with EO/IR cameras, LIDAR, or other sensors in order to extend the reach of the warfighter by providing Situational Awareness in areas where they would not normally be able to traverse. 3D maps are constructed in near real-time from one or more collaborative unmanned systems equipped with LIDAR sensors.

Commercial Technology

As the industry evolves to incorporate autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles to the transportation infrastructure, Robotic Research is leading the way in the development of autonomy kits, safety and localization devices that improve the quality, efficiency and accessibility of autonomous transportation. The company’s platform agnostic autonomous solutions allow vehicle manufacturer partners to offer autonomy in a variety of applications. Robotic Research has established strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading mass transportation vehicle manufacturers, including New Flyer and Local Motors, to seamlessly upgrade vehicles or change vehicle types improving deployment efficiency and shortening their timelines. Its autonomy kit and advanced driver-assistance system are already operating worldwide on shuttles in 30 locations throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, as well as with autonomy-enabled commercial buses anticipated to launch in North America later this year. The experience and key insights gained through leading these commercial programs allow the company to bring engineering advancements from success in commercial mass transportation programs back to its customers and partners in the defense industry.

Credit: Army CCDC GVSC
Robotic Research is dedicated to the mission of saving lives by developing autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities for the warfighter. As part of CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center’s Autonomous Ground Resupply and Expedient Leader Follower programs, Robotic Research has developed AutoDrive – a fault-tolerant, vehicle-agnostic autonomy kit that can be installed onto any tactical wheeled vehicle.
Robotic Research’s Olli

Credit: Robotic Research
Robotic Research’s AutoDrive™ autonomous driving system applique is the tried-and-tested autonomous driving kit that currently powers vehicles such as Local Motors’ Olli, Pratt & Miller’s shuttle and New Flyer buses. As pictured, Robotic Research is the exclusive autonomy provider for Local Motors’ Olli shuttle.
Robotic Research’s Pegasus

Credit: Robotic Research
Robotic Research’s Pegasus™ is a family of tactically deployable, transformable, autonomous robotic systems that provides all the air capability of a VTOL UAS in conjunction with the capabilities of a tracked UGV. The Pegasus™ family consists of the mid-size Pegasus II with mapping and situational awareness capabilities, the larger heavy-lift Pegasus III, and the small back-packable Pegasus Mini that fits in confined spaces.

Company Information

Website: https://www.roboticresearch.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/roboticresearch
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/robotic-research-llc/
Founded: 2002
Employees: 120+
Address: 22601 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD, 20871
President: Alberto Lacaze