Progress Report for the Robotic Intelligence Evaluation Program Year 1: Developing Test Methodology for Anti-Rollover Systems

Report No. ARL-TR-3811
Authors: MaryAnne Fields
Date/Pages: June 2006; 33 pages
Abstract: The Robotics Intelligence Evaluation Program (RIEP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) and U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to develop methodologies to evaluate robotic behavior algorithms that control the actions of individual robots or groups of robots acting as a team to perform a particular task. Although vehicle chassis performance will impact the evaluation of robotic behavior algorithms, testing of intelligent robotic platforms requires more than the classic automotive tests. The tests and procedures required to evaluate these algorithms cross the traditional boundaries between operational and developmental testing and between hardware and software testing. This document is a discussion of an antirollover case study used to refine the RIEP methodology. We begin with a discussion of vehicle rollover and prevention systems. Most of the information for these sections comes from the automotive industry where anti-rollover technologies are becoming important safety features. We discuss the current measures and tests used by automotive safety engineers and some of the additional elements that need to be considered for robotic systems. We also discuss several simulation tools applicable to vehicle rollover studies. Finally, we make recommendations for virtual and physical tests of anti-rollover systems.
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2006