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Urban Robot


The Tactical Mobile Robot program, in the DARPA Advanced Technology Office, enlisted JPL’s Machine Vision Group in leading the design and implementation of its perception Urban Robot. The project was a joint effort of JPL, iRobot Corporation, the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Southern California Robotics Research Laboratory.

The Urban Robot’s purpose was mobile military reconnaissance in city terrain but many of its features could be also useful for police, emergency, and rescue personnel. The robot chassis is rugged and well-suited for hostile environments and its autonomy makes it useful for many different applications. Such robots could investigate urban environments contaminated with radiation, biological warfare, or chemical spills. They could also be used for search and rescue in earthquake-stricken buildings and other disaster zones.



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