Press Release – July 18, 2016
5D RoboticsTM Acquires PulseON® UWB Technology Leader Time Domain To Accelerate Innovation in Autonomous Vehicle Navigation
A majority of us probably have specific assumptions or images in our head of “the future”—perhaps as depicted in Star Trek or the Terminator franchise—but if concepts such as 3D organ printing and genetic splicing don’t convince you that we’re already living “the future,” maybe the addition of robotics will. You may not necessarily think of autonomous vehicles as robots, but that’s exactly what they are. David Bruemmer, CEO, 5D RoboticsTM, discusses 5D Robotics’ automation software—both its history and its future…
5D RoboticsTM showed how its navigation technology can guide people in wheelchairs along pre-programmed paths. 5D’s Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Mann, said cars and airplanes can also use the same navigation technology.
Mann and his colleagues believe Americans will soon have robot co-workers. But in most cases, he said workers won’t even notice – except maybe to realize that their day goes by much faster.
A Californian company, 5D RoboticsTM, proposes we mark locations with transmitters broadcasting in ultra-wideband (PulseON® UWB) frequencies. PulseON® UWB signals are low power, which makes for short range – about 200m – but if you have enough beacons, that shouldn’t be a problem, says Philip Mann, 5DTM VP for sales. “The beacons measure the distance between themselves by simple ranging; then a vehicle can navigate by triangulation.” The company is testing the waters carefully. They’ve adapted their system for use with some of the slowest vehicles around: wheelchairs. 5DTM is developing, in cooperation with San Francisco startup Whill, a new type of wheelchair: the Model A.
At the RoboUniverse expo in New York City, robots of all shapes and sizes were being put to work. Companies showed off automated machines designed to perform tasks that many humans would consider less than desirable…
The marrying of Aerial MOB’s robust operational experience and IP portfolio with 5D’s robust autonomy and behavioral technology really bridges many of the gaps for delivering valuable products to many industrial type clients, such as those in oil and gas, utilities, and construction among others…
An Up-Close Look at Whill – the Wheelchair of the Future
GPS falls from the sky and costs nothing to use, but it may not reach a car roving the canyons of Manhattan or a forklift moving boxes in a warehouse. For uninterrupted autonomous driving, you need some backup.
Sure, you can festoon your vehicles with a vast array of overlapping sensors, but even that won’t always give you a clear sense of where you are. So, when the GPS satellites can’t pinpoint you, why not resort to land-based beacons?