Stratom selected to develop additional capabilities for RCV-L

Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L).
Stratrom will enhance the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light with additional perception algorithms to enhance its effectiveness in the field. | Credit: Stratom

Stratom, a manufacturer of autonomous ground vehicles and robotic systems for logistics and operations, said the US Army has awarded it a contract to build a personnel safety system for Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L).

The Perimeter Safety for Autonomous Vehicles (P-SAV) system will provide 360-degree sensor coverage and machine learning to identify nearby people and objects. P-SAV will feature new ROS2-based software to connect with the RCV’s operator and computer system to execute suitable behaviors.

“As robotic vehicles are increasingly utilized across applications where it may be inconvenient, dangerous or impossible to have a human operator present, we are excited for the opportunity to bring our successful past performance to the RCV-L program and continue supporting the government in its objective to move toward autonomous systems,” said Mark Gordon, Stratom’s president and CEO. “We look forward to leveraging this breakthrough solution’s commercial potential to provide perimeter monitoring to equipment across industries. From mining to construction, our P-SAV system will reduce equipment damage and downtime.

The RCV-L standalone appliqué kit will combine robust hardware, a well-protected computer system, and advanced image processing software to automate tough tasks including personnel identification and situational awareness. The platform will balance ease of use, versatility, and cost to maximize reliability in all weather conditions.

“At Stratom, we have a deep understanding of the Army’s needs and objectives, which positions us to uniquely recognize what they’re looking for — and then transform our technical expertise into solutions that meet the Department of Defense’s operational needs,” said Andrew Lycas, Stratom’s principal roboticist. This solution shows that establishing the Summit Off-Road Autonomy Platform is paying off. We’ll use Summit and the eXpeditionary Robotic-Field Artillery Autonomous Resupply (XR-FAAR)TM vehicle platform as a surrogate for RCV-L to test the P-SAV prototype before deploying it on RCV-L.

Stratom’s past success with U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army programs resulted in the creation of its Autonomous Pallet Loader (APL), eXpeditionary Robotic-Platform (XR-P), and XR-FAAR vehicles.

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