The Rirak – the latest in Automated UGV tech from Kairos Autonomi


Technology like the Robotic Applique Kit are the wave of the future for combat. The struggle to produce safe, effective, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) systems for the U.S. Military is at a fever pitch as many competing technologies and approaches strive to find a way around the fact that a “people sensor” does not yet exist. Until such a class of sensors exists with developed, proven software, viable autonomous systems will always be 5-10 years out.

On the other hand, automated vehicle systems are here today. Automations are functions and behaviors that assist human operators/controllers of UGVs as they perform missions by executing common tedious tasks.

Automated UGVs project the senses and skills of the warfighter while shielding them from the dull, dirty and dangerous.

There are two edges to the autonomous UGV continuum – leading and trailing. Leading edge systems are singular test beds for various technology efforts. These systems expand the envelope of the possible but lack stability and costs required for viable deployment. The continuum trailing edge includes production UGV systems. They contain surviving, effective UGV technologies, limited with focused features and functions driven by cost and reliability. Without the leading edge, the trailing edge does not exist. Without a trailing edge, deployment does not exist.

The robotic appliqué kit market focus is twofold – custom appliqué kits are created to prove new technologies (leading) and production appliqué kits are created to perform specific automations (trailing).

A primary delineator between custom and production appliqué kits is the installation time into the vehicle and the commitment of the vehicle to the appliqué kit. The total cost of an appliqué kit based UGV includes the cost of the vehicle, kit, installation and training. Maintenance is excluded.

If the installation time of the robotic appliqué kit is driven to zero, it can be installed and removed at will. The vehicle is not committed to be a UGV except when required, enabling point-of-use robotics. Total cost of the UGV is significantly reduced because vehicle, installation and training costs fall out of the equation. The cost is fully contained in the RIRAK. The vehicle can be located anywhere.

Short installation times can be fully captured in modern video tutorials. If a RIRAK takes less than 10 minutes to install, the installation video is short. Watch/Execute the video 3 times and you are a self-trained expert – anytime, anywhere.

Using existing or near term RIRAK technologies as point-of-use robotics; the tactical commander is able to remove the human being from harm’s way as the mission dictates. This can be done Now!


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