High stability, precision control, impressive load capacity and the ability to go anywhere. Add to that the pure simplicity of seamless skid steer and pretty much all the boxes for remote, semi-autonomous or autonomous control are ticked. The standard hydro-mechanical control system can be readily upgraded to wireless control allowing the vehicle to be used in a variety of ‘follow-me’, pre-programmed, remotely operated or semi/autonomously guided.
The great benefit is that our vehicle is capable of effortlessly dealing with or recovering from guidance errors that would defeat any other class of vehicle.
- Supportability - The capability of a whole-system design to support operational use and readiness needs throughout the life-cycle at an affordable cost.
- Step Climbing - The ability to overcome rapid changes in gradient or ground level without losing traction, bottoming out, fouling extremes of the vehicle or turning over.
- Stability - In the context of an extreme terrain vehicle, having a low and central Centre of Gravity in a wide footprint so as to resist tipping on ground and to remain stable when afloat.
- Speed - The ability to move quickly over terrain.
- Soft Ground Transit - The ability to manoeuvre over soft terrain under load without excessive damage to the surface and without losing tractive effect.
- Slope Traversal - The ability to move across a slop safely without slipping or overturning, whilst retaining the ability to manoeuvre and deal with or avoid obstacles or changing ground conditions.
- Slope Climbing - The ability to ascend or descend steep slopes safely, without losing traction, retaining the ability to manoeuvre to avoid obstacles or changing ground conditions, including the ability to back off safely and under control if necessary.
- Remote Control - Remote teleoperation without the need for on-board human presence.
- Reconfigurability - Designed at the outset for rapid change in structure, hardware and software components, in order to quickly adjust capability and function within a fleet in response to sudden environmental changes or varying demands.
- Range and Endurance - The ability to operate over extended ranges and conditions whilst resisting environmental effects during sustained operation.
- Precision Control - The ability to make precise control movements that result in vehicle movement that precisely reflect the operators intention.
- Obstacle Crossing - The ability to overcome natural, man-made and concealed obstacles to movement.
- Manoeuvrability - The ease with which a vehicle is able to move and change direction, in this case over difficult terrain.
- Maintainability - The ease with which a product can be maintained in order to; correct defects or their cause, repair or replace faulty or worn-out components without having to replace still working parts, prevent unexpected working condition, maximize a product's useful life, maximize efficiency, reliability, and safety, meet new requirements, make future maintenance easier, or cope with a changed environment.
- Load Carrying - The ability to carry heavy loads safely and efficiently, including adequate load carrying space, restraints and handling provision.
- Durability - The ability to remain functional, without requiring excessive maintenance or repair, when faced with the challenges of normal operation over its design lifetime.
- Amphibious - A vehicle that is a means of transport, viable on land as well as on water.
- Agility - The ability to deal rapidly and effectively with any form of terrain challenge, and to adapt quickly to changing operational demands. A complex emergent capability.