Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle: A High-Powered Industrial Research Tool (+VIDEO)
Clearpath Robotics, a robotics company from Canada, has designed an unmanned four wheel drive robotic platform to tackle the most demanding agricultural, mining, and defense tasks on any terrain due to the four 26 inch (66 cm) all-terrain tires, and a front axle with 16 degrees articulation. This, coupled with an 8-inch (20 cm) clearance, allows the Grizzly Robot Utility Vehicle to navigate obstacles of up to 6 inches (15 cm), while all four wheels still remain firmly on the ground. Grizzly weighs a maximum of 2,000 pounds (910 kg), depending on the type of battery chosen, and pull a plow, or carry a payload which weighs up to 1,322 pounds (600 kg). The vehicle is powered forward by an 80-horsepower (60 kW) electric motor, and its drivetrain offers a maximum drawbar pull of 6,300 N (1,400 pound-force). It can cruise at a speed of 12 mph (9 km/h), for up to 12 hours, or manage three hours of heavy-duty towing. The main control computer supports all Robot Operating System-compatible hardware.