RemoteFeel Project Pushes UGV Utility Forward
Patria has achieved a new milestone in the capabilities of its Heavy Unmanned Ground Vehicles (HUGV) project, the company announced on 6 July.
Development of HUGV has now reached a level at which the Patria AMV 8×8 vehicle can be operated remotely beyond line of sight (BLOS) using 4G and 5G networks. This enables vehicle operation from even greater distances with higher reliability. Demonstration of a remote-controlled Patria AMV 8×8 vehicle using a 5G network was conducted in cooperation with the University of Tampere, as part of the RemoteFeel project – a research programme founded by Business Finland, FIMA ry (Forum for Intelligent Machines) and the research parties. Members of the programme were given the opportunity to drive a Patria AMV 8×8 vehicle remotely. The demonstration used Patria’s state-of-the-art Remote Operating Desk (ROD) user interface, embodying features such as augmented reality and haptic feedback, enabling more realistic remote driving operations, together with a combined stereo camera system developed by the University of Tampere.
HUGV has been in continuous development over the last several years and Patria is now a leading company in the unmanned capabilities domain. The company first demonstrated its HUGV capabilities at the European Land Robots Trial (ELROB) in Belgium in 2018, using two AMV 8×8 vehicles. Patria´s unmanned solution can be integrated into the new AMVXP, Patria’s 6×6 vehicles as well as installed on AMVs already in service, with no need for major changes in the vehicle configuration.