SAUVI is a distributed sensing and route planning system that provides real-time persistent surveillance and decision making and historical analysis.
Today, the most successful robotic systems used by the military require significant human monitoring and control. Certain applications, such as the SANDI Route Clearance Patrol Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) the personnel costs are justified by the ability to remove warfighters from harm’s way.
However, large staffing requirements will not be possible for new logistics and transportation applications, where the justification for autonomy is that it improves cost and efficiency. If each UGV needs their own safety babysitter, simply having a human manually drive the vehicles will be easier and cheaper.
Safe Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles for Installations (SAUVI), is a comprehensive surveillance and planning system that provides real-time persistent surveillance needs, historical analysis of the site, post incident discovery/tracking tool, real-time decision making, and a localization aid.
The benefits of mounted surveillance and automated alerts are twofold: 1) reduced personnel cost required to monitor autonomous fleet to ensure safe behavior, and 2) ability to provide information to autonomous vehicles about the world that is not available through on-board sensors, for example, seeing around blind-spot areas.