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PUBLICATION NOTICE: Developmental Design of the Remotely Piloted Vehicle System

US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Published July 8, 2019

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center has published the report/note described and linked below. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

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Developmental Design of the Remotely Piloted Vehicle System


Doris M. Turnage, Brent W. Towne, Burhman Q. Gates, Christopher L. Cummins, Robert D. Ellison, and Clint A. Barela


The U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is developing a remotely piloted vehicle driving system for vehicles used in characterizing the performance of barrier systems against vehicle ramming attacks. The design of the driving system allows for expedient installation into a wide range of consumer vehicles with automatic transmissions. Several successful vehicle ramming experiments were conducted using the remotely piloted vehicle ramming system. The design of the experiments allowed the user to characterize the performance of a barrier wall and an entry-point control system. The driver system successfully operated in sedans, trucks, and full-sized vans at target speeds varying from 30 to 60 mph. The vehicles operated safely at distances up to 1,500 feet from the remote base station. The portability of the remotely piloted driver system allows for use at multiple test facilities. This report documents features of the vehicle system and the pilot control system. These features include the vehicle dashboard camera that transmits video to the remote base station, cruise control that operates the vehicle at a target speed, shock sensors that shut down the vehicle within seconds after impact, emergency safety considerations, acceleration and GPS instrumentation measured on vehicle, and portability for incorporation into almost any vehicle.

59 pages / 4.1 Mb


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