Dates: 2010 to 2012
Description: Primordial secured a contract from Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) to develop a map generation utility for their TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle (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.