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The road to redundant safety and wireless remote control for autonomous vehicle (AV) testing just became faster thanks to FORT's partnership with Dataspeed, a leader in autonomous research vehicles. The combination of our Safe Remote Control and Dataspeed's 'Drive-by-Wire' hardware and software system will equip researchers with a more controlled testing environment for autonomous vehicles and their applications.

Dataspeed recently launched Kinetic Kits– a series of customizable starter packages for autonomous vehicle research and development projects. Kinetic Kits are designed to help streamline the AV hardware and software selection process to allow teams to focus their efforts on their own research and get up and running faster. Every component has been hand-selected by the Dataspeed engineering team based on extensive industry knowledge and experience. Customers can choose from a selection of top-of-the-line autonomous vehicle software and hardware solutions, including the FORT Safe Remote Control.

Watch Dataspeed and the Safe Remote Control in action driving a Polaris RZR:

 

What is the FORT Safe Remote Control?
FORT’s Safe Remote Control is a medium to long-range wireless controller designed from the ground up to enable the safe operation of remote and autonomous systems. Users are given the power to operate and control their vehicle from a safe distance using our wireless remote control with integrated E-Stop button. If an unsafe situation occurs, a push of the emergency stop button electrically removes power to drive-by-wire throttle to prevent propulsion and a simple turn of the button resumes normal operations.

Why should you include the FORT Safe Remote Control in your Kinetic Kit package?
With a heightened focus on safety, the FORT Safe Remote Control gives users peace of mind when developing and testing autonomous vehicles. The E-Stop button uses two-way monitoring to ensure that the remote control and receiver are in constant contact which in turn ensures the operator’s safety. The lightweight remote comes pre-programmed to save on setup time and can be used to operate and control the drive-by-wire systems remotely. With a recognizable design and easy to handle functionality, the FORT Safe Remote Control System takes the complicated steps out of additional safety and places the control directly in the hands of the operator.

Benefits of the FORT’s Safe Remote Control.
Integrating the FORT Safe Remote Control with Dataspeed Kinetic Kits helps to increase safe vehicle control and direction, reduce accident risks and damage and improve visibility. The Safe Remote Control allows for ease of use and a very small learning curve to reduce training time. Alongside the two-way monitoring system, the remote also has drop and idle detection feature that will safely bring the vehicle to a full stop if the remote control is dropped or abandoned while in use. Overall the FORT Robotics Remote system offers third-party redundant safety that increases reliability and reduces risk of injury.

Visit Dataspeed for more information on Kinetic Kits with FORT’s Safe Remote Control option.