A Utah-based company produces high-tech kits that can make nearly any vehicle driverless in as little as ten minutes.
Kairos Autonomi, which has been in business since 2008, has been quietly building and selling its kits which can be configured for remote or autonomous driving. As you might have guessed, the U.S. military is a big customer, but others are welcome as well.
“Ground vehicles like cars and trucks, big pieces of equipment like front-end loaders and skid-steer vehicles and—you name it—dump trucks, it doesn’t matter,” Troy Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi, explains in video about the company posted below. A Chevy Colorado is shown making its way around a parking lot sans driver.
Various kits are available, including a rapid install applique kit for the Pronto4 Uomo which is shown below being installed in a Humvee in roughly 10 minutes.
The U.S. Army has installed Kairos kits on LAVs and M1126 Stryker combat vehicles.
“You don’t have to go into the vehicle and pull the electronics out, pull out the architecture, cut the vehicle. You don’t have to start on a new build,” Phil Skuta, director of Marine programs at General Dynamics Land Systems at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington told defenseone.com.
“It gives our military customers an option for a quick install and then they’ll have a remote or unmanned capability for existing vehicles.”
Another useful military application? Kairos kits are installed on disposable vehicles which are then used for target practice. Nice!