A human-machine interface
for unmanned ground vehicles
With Follow-Me, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) become true support agents on human-robot teams
The Follow-Me human-machine interface lets a UGV accompany a human operator, like a fellow squad member, through challenging outdoor environments. It responds to speech and gesture commands, providing verbal and non-verbal feedback, maintaining formation, and avoiding obstacles along the way.
The interface works with onboard autonomy software so the UGV can act both as a scout and robotic mule, carrying cumbersome equipment and eliminating the need for remote control piloting. The system also provides speech-based natural language processing, enabling hands-free control and feedback.
“The first easy-to-use and easy-to-understand autonomous ground systems that can earn the trust of human operators will mark a turning point in the adoption and deployment of UGVs as true support agents within human-robot teams.”
- Hands-Free Following – A mobile robot can follow a leader on its own, without the need for a remote control.
- Gesture-Based Controls – The robot can be controlled using natural hand gestures, such as raising or lowering a hand, or pointing in the direction the robot should go.
- Voice Commands – The robot can be controlled using simple verbal commands, such as follow me, back off, come closer, or drive two meters to your 6 o’clock.
- Obstacle Avoidance – The robot automatically avoids obstacles and hazards during navigation.
- Easy Integration – Follow-Me integrates with existing commercial, off-the-shelf computing and sensing hardware or as a standalone hardware product. It also integrates with ROS-enabled platforms.