TORC – My Next Adventure

Dave, Dave, Dave.

I really enjoyed meeting you, David Cutter, the new Marketing Manager at TORC Technologies, at the NCTC Tech & Toast on 6/14/08.

As I mentioned to you, TORC let me sit in its magical unmanned car, so when I asked if you were willing to e-mail me what was new at TORC, I was hoping to hear all about my next TORC adventure.

You sent me this:

TORC has announced the commercial availability of the ByWire XGV, a drive-by-wire converted Ford Escape Hybrid.  The unmanned system is based on the company’s successful partnership with Virginia Tech on Odin, the fully autonomous Ford Escape Hybrid that placed 3rd in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.

The ByWire XGV is a seamless integration of the TORC ByWireTM technology using National Instruments CompactRIO FPGA-based hardware and LabVIEW graphical system design software, TORC SafeStopTM emergency stop system, and the Ford Escape Hybrid sports utility vehicle.  The result is a drive-by-wire converted, Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) interoperable Ford Escape Hybrid, ready for industry applications or further autonomous research and development.

The ByWire XGV provides a unified interface that controls the throttle, brake and steering, with additional sensor feedback for control.  The clean installation consists of a touch screen interface in the center console, a system arm key and a fully integrated safety system utilizing TORC’s SafeStopTM product.  The SafeStopTM provides manual internal and external emergency stop buttons mounted on the vehicle in addition to the wireless handheld transmitter unit.  The tightly packaged conversion leaves the front and rear seats open and unaltered, providing for extreme flexibility in its potential applications while leaving plenty of room for additional customization.  Additional options include custom operator control units, power supply and a proprietary power distribution system located in the cargo space of the vehicle.

Because of its extreme flexibility and cost effectiveness, the ByWire XGV is ideal for universities, unmanned systems developers and lead system integrators for further research and development.  It is a rapid go-to-market option for industry and government organizations with mission-specific objectives such as surveillance and perimeter security.  The ByWire XGV also is available with varying levels of autonomy with the addition of the AutonoNavTM product line, an autonomous navigational system from TORC.



I got the part about the throttle, brakes, and steering.

And I’m very grateful for a SafeStopTM.

I would love to understand all this a little bit better.

I would also love to hear how it relates to me.  Or to my cat.  Or to shopping.

Can you help me out, Dave?

I look forward to hearing from you about my next TORC adventure.

If you can’t wait to hear David Cutter’s reply, feel free to contact him.

David Cutter
Marketing Manager
TORC Technologies, LLC
2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1325
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 540-443-9262
Fax: 540-443-3667

[email protected]

TORC Technologies, LLC is a member company of high-tech business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks, located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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