The robot is based on a John Deere XUV 855D Gator. The vehicle is equipped with a 17 kW diesel engine, an automatic gearbox, an on-demand true four-wheel drive system and 4 fully independent dual A-arm suspensions which makes it especially suitable for rough terrain. Additionally, a Drive-by-Wire system has been added to the car which turns the series model into an autonomous one. Based on this modification, the Gator is completely controllable by a computer which comprises gas, brakes, steering, gear shift and also the lights and the ignition.
The front side of the vehicle is equipped with a bunch of sensors which are evaluated in the forest and the field, e.g. two stereo and two time-of-flight cameras.
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