Sneak peek – first test runs for AOS’s autonomous test platform, the "Pug"

Today we ran our battery/electric platform that we will use to mount pedestrian and animal mannequins to create challenges for our Kelpie autonomous ground vehicle. These pedestrians and animals will cross into the path of the Kelpie, allowing us to evaluate its obstacle detection and collision avoidance performance.

The Pug is self-contained, with an onboard autopilot and GNSS positioning receiver. This allows it to manoeuvre autonomously, so that it can repeatedly approach the Kelpie from different directions and at a range of speeds, to test the Kelpie’s capabilities.