Patria has achieved a new milestone in the capabilities of its Heavy Unmanned Ground Vehicles (HUGV) project, the company announced on 6 July.

Development of HUGV has now reached a level at which the Patria AMV 8x8 vehicle can be operated remotely beyond line of sight (BLOS) using 4G and 5G networks. This enables vehicle operation from even greater distances with higher reliability. Demonstration of a remote-controlled Patria AMV 8x8 vehicle using a 5G network was conducted in cooperation with the University of Tampere, as part of the RemoteFeel project – a research programme founded by Business Finland, FIMA ry (Forum for Intelligent Machines) and the research parties. Members of the programme were given the opportunity to drive a Patria AMV 8x8 vehicle remotely. The demonstration used Patria’s state-of-the-art Remote Operating Desk (ROD) user interface, embodying features such as augmented reality and haptic feedback, enabling more realistic remote driving operations, together with a combined stereo camera system developed by the University of Tampere.

HUGV has been in continuous development over the last several years and Patria is now a leading company in the unmanned capabilities domain. The company first demonstrated its HUGV capabilities at the European Land Robots Trial (ELROB) in Belgium in 2018, using two AMV 8x8 vehicles. Patria´s unmanned solution can be integrated into the new AMVXP, Patria’s 6x6 vehicles as well as installed on AMVs already in service, with no need for major changes in the vehicle configuration.

The Heavy Unmanned Ground Vehicle demonstrator during demonstrations. (Photo: Patria)

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