Kairos Autonomi introduces retrofit kit for transforming vehicles into RPVs, RGVs, AGVs

SALT LAKE CITY, 20 October 2006. Kairos Autonomi has unveiled the Pronto4 Universal Retrofit Kit, designed to enable remotely piloted (RPV), remotely guided (RGV), and autonomous (AGV) travel with any steering wheel-based vehicle or vessel.

Making unmanned travel more accessible, the Pronto4 kit can be adapted to fit a number of military and industrial roles requiring unmanned ground vehicles.

A simple, cost-effective, and modularly constructed hardware system, the Pronto4 kit can be retrofitted to any vehicle or vessel with a steering wheel. In roughly four hours, a four-person team can retrofit a vehicle so that it is capable of unmanned travel, but still retains its human driving capability.

The kit consists of four sub-systems -- power, computing, vehicle, and actuation. It requires minimal power and computing requirements to function and can be used with third-party software. The Pronto4 kit also provides non-emissive, sensor-based technology.

The Pronto4 kit conforms to JAUS Level I, MIL-STD-810F and top commercial standards. The kit weighs less than 100 pounds and runs on a 12 vdc source. It is also capable of standard driving speeds.

Kairos Autonomi used commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology in creating the Pronto4 kit. Combined with its ability to use an existing vehicle supply chain, the retrofit kit reduces the total cost of ownership for an unmanned system.

Potential military and industrial uses for the Pronto4 kit include any life-threatening or routine mission, such as convoy driving, perimeter patrols and transporting.

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