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RM-Terex ZZ3 is a
tracked amphibious vehicle; its amazing mobility initially attracted
us to it and we investigated further by contacting, then visiting
Specialist Vehicle Trading (who were potential importors of the
Having jointly identified several opportunities for a drive-by-wire
and remote controlled variant of this platform (as well as acquiring
some interested customers) we set about integrating our advanced
tele-operation architecture into the vehicle with the goal of
demonstrating the remote platform and a drive-by-wire system within an
aggressive project time
of only 3 months.
the vehicles based
in Norfolk, 130 miles away from our base facility, initial vehicle
inspection and integration work had to be carefully managed,
especially as interface documentation was not forthcoming from the
manufacturer. We were further constrained with the requirement not to
modify any vehicle components (the vehicle should be easily and
quickly swapped between remote and manual controlling modes).
Following the initial visit a suitable architecture was developed
using three existing modules and one custom interface module, and a
strategy proposed using existing control hardware. This system was
then prototyped and assembled away from the vehicle; details and
drawings of the mechanical components to be used were sent to SVT who
arranged for the necessary bracketry and parts to be made locally.
|Vehicle integration and primary testing occurred over only three days. On the first day the mechanical and electrical systems were mated and initially configured, albeit with a fault with the engine interface. Despite this the vehicle was driving through the new control system, giving us valuable control feedback. By day two a modified interface had been prototyped and was successfully integrated, and the vehicle was driving remotely, proving out the system components and control strategy. Day three saw the implementation of 4-channel video and the vehicle was driven remotely purely on video images.|
|The project could not have been achieved without the excellent support and assistance given by SVT and it has been a pleasure to work with them|