Southwest Safe Transport Initiative (SSTI)
Inclusive Dates: 07/24/06 05/11/11
Background - Technology needed to facilitate the autonomous control of cars, trucks, tractors, and military vehicles has made dramatic advances in the last few years led by defense science programs such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge, DARPA Urban Challenge, and Office of Energy Management (OEM) car and truck industry advances in active safety systems and associated sensors. The Mobile Autonomous Robotics Technology Initiative (MARTI) was initiated to improve safety in urban traffic environments. MARTI is charged with developing new sensor, computing, and mobile technologies to augment vehicle platforms and provide autonomous vehicle capabilities.
Approach - MARTI is fusing the latest technology from multiple industries to meet the challenges associated with autonomous control of cars, trucks, tractors and military vehicles. Through the incorporation of technologies and design methodologies from multiple industries such as unmanned aerial systems, intelligent transportation systems, cognitive multi-agent systems, machine vision, engineering dynamics, hardware and software in-the-loop simulation, large-scale multi-function robotics, and safety and reliability systems, SwRI is developing a full-scale autonomous ground vehicle platform to be used for advanced engineering of intelligent vehicle systems and applications development.
Accomplishments - The project has completed the following phases: