Autonomous vehicles serve in frontline combat formations fighting alongside manned vehicles, resupply missions, urban reconnaissance etc.
Autonomous vehicles combine decision-making with real-time control. These two aspects become more critical in the modern battlefield. Mission-decision and Real-Time control are being achieved by sensor technology – gathering situational data through radar, LIDAR and electro-optics – as well as complex software algorithms for processing the huge amounts of data collected and determining what action needs to be taken.
The main task of the sensing suite in autonomous vehicles is to provide the most reliable and dense information on the vehicular surroundings. The challenge is controlling and managing the system integration in real-time battlefield from both communication and power aspects. The networking solutions should feature Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities in addition to management capabilities. Power distribution units are needed to manage the power and power supplies with high power output and the ability to work simultaneously with other power converters.
Another challenge is related to the unique power specifications the autonomous vehicle sensor systems require. A highly advanced sensor developed to significantly increase autonomy, may require high power levels. A massive power supply might affect negatively on the weight of the vehicle, the place it takes (hence on the vehicle size) and on its moving speeds. So Size, Weight & Power (SWaP) is a central challenge as well. Operating in harsh environments, these vehicle sub-systems are required to withstand extreme conditions of shock, vibrations and extreme temperatures military environments require.
Our company is an all around player for MIL-STD-1275 DC-DC power supplies, Ethernet Switches & Routers as well as our Mil-PDUs address the Military Autonomous vehicles challenges, providing advanced solutions exclusively to this enhanced platform:
28V DC rugged power supplies in a small form factor, with up to 800W output power (and 1kw peak power) for high power consumption needs.
200A PDUs with communication interfaces and surge immunity of 100V.
Small, lightweight (390g) Managed Ethernet switches and routers with Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities.
Our products are serving in some of the leading UGV programs of the US Army, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and European armies.