Autonomous Vehicle Systems LLC is a
team of industry professionals and scientific
researchers with expertise in advanced sensor
development, UAV development, autonomous navigation and
control, software development, automated machine
control, and high performance vehicle
modifications. Strategic corporate partners have
also joined in the areas of rugged military grade
computer systems, navigation sensors, and high speed vision
"This is one of the most experienced and
enthusiastic group of individuals and corporate partners
I've ever had the pleasure to work with," says Dr.
Michael Vest, President of Autonomous Vehicle Systems
Autonomous Vehicle Systems' entry, Flying Fox, is
based on a 1987 USMC HMMWV. By adapting an autonomous
system to this demonstration vehicle, the company plans
to develop a cost effective approach to enhance existing
military vehicles. The products will have a professional
fit for immediate use, with attention to quality, detail,
reliability, and ease of use.
The same technologies developed for military
applications can also be used in the automotive industry
for collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, parking
assistance, sleepy/designated driver systems, and
advanced transportation systems.
"We are excited to be a part of this historic
event," says Vest. "Vehicles developed
for the Grand Challenge will push the capabilities of
autonomous sensors and navigation for ground based
vehicles. The breakthroughs developed through this
competition will someday save lives on the battlefield
as well as on the roads at home."