Primordial to develop a high-resolution map generation utility for Oshkosh’s TerraMax™ unmanned vehicle system

Primordial has secured a purchase order from Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) to develop a map generation utility for their TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, a system Oshkosh is developing for the Department of Defense.  Primordial’s president Randy Milbert said, “This is a great opportunity to apply our sophisticated techniques for generating on- and off-road routable maps in areas like Afghanistan and Iraq to a proven UGV platform.”

 TerraMax is an autonomous vehicle system that has been developed multiple Oshkosh military vehicle fleets including the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) 4x4 and 6x6 as well as the Palletized Load System (PLS). The TerraMax technology is available as a kit for converting other manned vehicles into autonomous platforms as they are produced or to existing fleets, without interfering with the conventional operation of the vehicle.

The technology uses geographic information system (GIS) data to influence unmanned driving behaviors and paths. By working with Primordial, Oshkosh expects to streamline the process and accelerate the generation of route files from GIS data, including aerial imagery, topographic maps, and vector data, that is sufficiently accurate for autonomous navigation.

Oshkosh began autonomous vehicle development through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge events. In 2005, the vehicle completed a 132-mile off-road desert course and in 2007 the vehicle successfully demonstrating safe driving behavior in several urban situations including merging, intersection precedence and route planning.

“The addition of autonomous vehicle technology in the military could have a positive impact on the safety of our troops,” Milbert said. “And we’re proud to work with Oshkosh to make it a reality.” 

About Primordial

Primordial is a private company located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Incorporated in May 2002, Primordial is the leader in off-road navigation software.  The company has successfully executed contracts with the United States Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), United States Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM), United States Army Movement Tracking System (MTS), and United States Marine Corps (USMC).  For more information, visit