Boeing Teams with Bolduc to Build Unmanned Ground Vehicle Conversion Kits

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] has teamed with Bolduc Tech­nol­o­gy Group, LLC to design, devel­op, inte­grate, test, man­u­fac­ture and sus­tain agnos­tic autonomous-nav­i­ga­tion kits for ground vehi­cles. The kits would enable human-dri­ven vehi­cles to be con­vert­ed into autonomous or remote­ly oper­at­ed vehi­cles for com­mer­cial or mil­i­tary use.

Boe­ing, the prime con­trac­tor, will offer its expe­ri­ence in ground robot­ics, auton­o­my and com­bat sys­tems to domes­tic and inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers with exist­ing and emerg­ing mis­sion needs for unmanned ground vehi­cle tech­nol­o­gy.

Bolduc will pro­vide its proven high­way safe­ty-test­ed Advanced Elec­tron­ic Vehi­cle Inter­face Tech­nol­o­gy (AEVIT) “dri­ve-by-wire” remote­ly pilot­ed vehi­cle (RPV) sys­tem. AEVIT RPV is based on the AEVIT plat­form, which has been in pro­duc­tion for more than 20 years. The sys­tem repli­cates a vehicle’s mechan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tems through the use of intel­li­gent dri­ve mod­ules that com­mand electro­mechan­i­cal ser­vos and elec­tri­cal switch­es to con­trol dri­ving func­tions. The AEVIT RPV tech­nol­o­gy elim­i­nates the need for a human dri­ver.

“Boe­ing looks for­ward to extend­ing our exist­ing rela­tion­ship with Bolduc into a broad­er strate­gic team­ing agree­ment,” said Bob DaLee, Robot­ics pro­gram man­ag­er for Boeing’s Huntsville-based Net­work and Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems (N&TS) divi­sion. “Our ground vehi­cle auton­o­my kit tech­nol­o­gy enables dull, dirty and dan­ger­ous mis­sions such as con­voys, route clear­ance, recon­nais­sance and perime­ter con­trol to be per­formed with either remote­ly oper­at­ed or super­vised autonomous con­trol.”

“Team­ing with Bolduc gives Boe­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to offer poten­tial cus­tomers the tools to han­dle a vari­ety of dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions with­out putting their peo­ple at risk,” said Bill Bog­gs, direc­tor, N&TS Glob­al Forces and Robot­ics. “Togeth­er, we can offer the lat­est tech­nol­o­gy, cou­pled with proven expe­ri­ence from both com­pa­nies.”

“Inte­grat­ing the com­mer­cial­ly avail­able AEVIT RPV plat­form with Boeing’s com­mand and con­trol capa­bil­i­ties to sup­port unmanned ground con­trol oper­a­tions is a nat­ur­al fit for our prod­uct and will poten­tial­ly save lives when used in hos­tile envi­ron­ments,” said Scott Bolduc, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bolduc Tech­nol­o­gy Group. “Team­ing with Boe­ing will posi­tion both com­pa­nies to be at the fore­front of deliv­er­ing a high­ly effec­tive solu­tion to the mar­ket­place.”

Bolduc Tech­nol­o­gy Group is the world­wide leader in the design, devel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of high­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed dri­ve-by-wire dri­ving con­trols. Head­quar­tered in Augus­ta, Maine, Bolduc Tech­nol­o­gy Group has installed its civil­ian and com­mer­cial prod­ucts in thou­sands of vehi­cles for more than 20 years.

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees world­wide.

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Con­tact:

Kath­leen M. Cook
Net­work & Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny
Office: 314–233-6818
Mobile: 314–705-2239
kathleen.m.cook@boeing.com

Matthew Billings­ley
Net­work & Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny
Office: 703–647-1444
Mobile: 703–203-9435
matthew.p.billingsley@boeing.com

Ted McCarthy
Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer
Bolduc Tech­nol­o­gy Group
Office: 207–512-8009
ted.m@aevit.com

Source:
Boe­ing Com­pa­ny

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