Work Item
ASTM WK55025

New Test Method for Evaluating Ground Response Robot Endurance

1. Scope

The purpose of this test method, as a part of a suite of Energy/Power test methods, is to quantitatively evaluate a remotely teleoperated robots capability of battery endurance. The apparatus associated with this test method challenges specific robot capabilities in repeatable ways to facilitate direct comparison of different robot models as well as particular configurations of similar robot models. The suite of Energy/Power test methods quantifies a corresponding set of elemental capabilities necessary for ground robot response applications. As such, the suite should be used collectively to capture the overall Energy/Power capabilities. Additional test methods will be developed within the suite to fully address robot Energy/Power capabilities requirements. For this proposed test method, a robot is to perform a traverse task on the specified apparatus until the robots battery is depleted. The apparatus associated with this test method will be standardized such that it would be reproducible. Further, the opening of each alcove of the random maze apparatus is to be made selectable so that the maze apparatus would remain as random. Systems with assistive capabilities or autonomous behaviors are not specifically rewarded in the performance metrics. However, any associated demonstration of improved operator/robot performance, efficiency, and/or survivability under test will be captured.


Emergency, human system interaction, HSI, improvised explosive device, IED, operator control unit, OCU, remote teleoperation, responder, response, robot, test suite, urban search and rescue, US&R:


This test method is to be developed to address the needs from response operations. However, it may be applicable to additional application domains. It can be used for the associated training purposes. It can provide practice tasks that exercise robotic control, including on actuators, sensors, and operator control units (OCUs). It can also provide capability objectives for the involved subsystems on the robots.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E54.09

Committee: E54

Staff Manager: Kevin Shanahan

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-27-2016

Technical Contact: Ann Virts

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