Self-driving vehicles are coming. ARIBO is accelerating this game-changing industry which will have profound economic impact for the US. ARIBO, initiated by the US Army, is a series of automated vehicle pilots (or CPS pilots) using federal installations and universities as test-beds. Each ARIBO automated vehicle systems pilot is built around a business case for the user and the developer(s). Our transportation and logistics systems will be very different in twenty years and ARIBO will enable that transition by defining guidelines for deployment and building trust and confidence in the systems. Performance will be measured in each pilot. Indicators such as vehicle reliability, MTBF, operational efficiency, safety, and other cost and technical factors will be combined with user and non-user assessments to shape guidelines for broader deployment.
The first ARIBO pilots are:
- Automated shuttles, simulated environment, and vehicle/traffic management tools at location to be announced.
- Automated shuttles, simulated environment, and vehicle/traffic management tools at West Point
- On-Demand automated NEVs, control station, charging, and communications at Fort Bragg (September)
- …And working on Fort Leonard Wood, Tampa, Medical City Orlando, Greenville, SC and a few others…
ARIBO leverages a whole-of-government collaboration approach engaging multiple DOD partners, federal agencies, small tech-companies and universities…to leverage their expertise and resources for mutual goals. Our Smart America Challenge case focuses on the Navia (“the little automated shuttle that can”) made by the French company Induct. Due to support from Team ARIBO, Induct has established a US company, hired their 1st US employees and is moving manufacturing to the US DOJ company Unicor. To sum up…federal agencies and top universities are collaborating to test and aid deployment of automated vehicles that will save lives and ignite a new mega-growth industry. What’s next? Robotic vehicles transporting Wounded Warriors? Wait…we’re already doing that.
- Corey Clothier, Comet
- Marco Pavone, Stanford Autonomous Systems Lab
- Ed Straub, US Army TARDEC
- Organizational Partners: Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC), West Point, DOJ (Unicor), Fort Bragg, University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)