In this project, the drive control of a tracked vehicle in the 50 kg class was implemented using the motor controller from the Modular Control System. A remotely controllable vehicle of the company Allen Vanguard was equipped with an electronic control system for the drive chains to realize the control via a PC interface. Within the EU-FP7 project ICARUS, (partially) autonomous approaches for search and rescue scenarios are investigated on this platform.
On mobile platforms, installation space and energy efficiency are central topics. For these reasons, electronics and mechanical components from the compact CUBE system were selected for the realization of the engine control. Due to the flexible architecture of the electronics, it is also possible at any time to integrate controls for other attachments – such as the robot arm that can be mounted on the platform – as required.
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Realized added values
Due to the compact design of the Cube-System, a powerful Intelligent Mobile Machine could be realized despite its small dimensions.
Due to the versatility of the built-in control technology, the system can be easily expanded, e.g. to also control the robot arm.
The modular architecture of the overall system allows the simple and flexible integration of additional attachments.