We have extensive experience in the development of autonomous and tele-operated vehicles for both military and civilian applications. Since 2002 our experts have led the way in the development and delivery of advanced unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) featuring our proven HORIBA MIRA Autonomous Control Equipment (MACE) technology - the system which provides the basis for all our vehicle conversions.

In 2008, our expertise in UGV technology was demonstrated when we won an award at the highly contested MoD (Ministry of Defence) Grand Challenge for the ‘best use of autonomy’. Building upon this success in 2010, as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR), we won a competition to provide the UK MoD with PANAMA - a highly effective Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system specially designed for improvised explosive device (IED) detection.

Featuring a counter-IED and threat detection capability, the ROV is fitted with a variety of sensors and MACE technology that enable it to be safely controlled from a remote operator control station. During the Afghanistan conflict, PANAMA was the largest UGV used by NATO and has made a significant contribution towards minimising the danger posed to military personnel tasked with IED detection. The PANAMA ROV forms a key part of the TALISMAN Route Proving and Clearance system which is now being brought into UK MoD’s core equipment programme. Commenting on the system in 2013, Col Adrian Parker OBE said PANAMA had,

“…proven a step change in operational tempo in Afghanistan” and that the Operational Commander at the time had referred to it as “…a game-changing capability and the best system of IED detection currently deployed within the NATO group.”

Since its deployment, our engineers have continued to provide upgrades and in-service support for PANAMA as it is brought into the UK MoD’s core capability. Our status as the MoD’s Prime Contractor for the PANAMA remotely operated vehicles further exemplifies the strong working relationship that continues between HORIBA MIRA and the MoD, and highlights our ability to deliver proven UGVs direct to the front-line.

Further enhancements to our UGV technology continue to be made, and we are engaged in perception and image processing research to allow our UGVs to navigate without being reliant on GNSS i.e. in ‘GNSS Denied’ environments. This research is further enhanced by our automotive cyber security, functional safety and intelligent transportation systems expertise, enabling us to develop and refine the latest unmanned vehicle platforms and systems.