Autonomy Research Kit

ALL-IN-ONE AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION

The Autonomy Research Kit (ARK) is an all-in-one autonomy kit that enables robust point-to-point autonomous navigation of mobile robots. The kit provides advanced software with a powerful processor and sensor suite, and integrates seamlessly with Clearpath mobile robotic development platforms. Designed for researchers in academia and corporate R&D, ARK is ROS ready and fully extensible with a well documented developer API.

Kit Includes:

  • ARK Processor
  • 2 Lidar Sensors
  • Ethernet Cables
  • Setup and Quick-Start Guide
  • API and Programming Documentation

Features

ROBUST & RELIABLE AUTONOMY

ARK software provides reliable point-to-point autonomous navigation in changing indoor environments with dynamic path planning, simultaneous mapping and localization (SLAM) and obstacle avoidance.

QUICK & EASY INTEGRATION

ARK integrates seamlessly with Clearpath research robots, including the Husky UGV and Ridgeback mobile manipulation platform. The ARK processor comes with the Robot Operating System (ROS) installed and preconfigured, along with a well-documented developer API, allowing you to get started quickly with existing research and widely available opensource ROS libraries.

EFFORTLESS MAPPING & NAVIGATION

ARK provides an intuitive, web-based interface, called ARK Mapper, for manually controlling the robot and creating 2D maps of indoor environments. Once a map of the environment has been generated and saved to the robot, simply click a point on the map and the robot will navigate to that point autonomously, detecting and avoiding obstacles along the way.

Tech Specs

Interfacing & Communication Ehternet LAN
ROS API
Wireless Web Interface
Supported Lidars Hokuyo UST-10LX
SICK LMS1xx
Environments Indoor, single-level, infrastructure free-navigation
Supported Drive Types Differential
Included Components ARK Processor
2 Lidars
Ethernet Cables
Setup & Quick-Start Guide
Safety Robot E-Stop
Wireless E-Stop (optional)
Obstacle avoidance/Reconfigurable safety distances

Supported Robots

The Research Autonomy Kit is currently supported on the following mobile robotic platforms.

Husky

Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Ridgeback

Indoor Omnidirectional Platform