The Automatic Terrain Detection System (ATDS) provides next-generation perception for manned, unmanned, and autonomous wheeled and tracked ground vehicles. This system provides capabilities not available in visual and radar-based detection systems, by accurately monitoring ground conditions in real-time. These enhanced capabilities enable analytical mobility calculations allowing for autonomous systems and operators to determine minimum/maximum speeds, stopping distance, driveline lock control, and cost mapping, providing that critical feedback increasing safety, production, and helping to ensure a successful mission.



  • Are terrain conditions impacting vehicle performance?
  • What speed will terrain conditions allow?
  • How quickly can I stop?
  • Will I over-steer or under-steer?
  • Would 4WD enhance performance?
  • Should I adjust my travel path?
  • Am I experiencing a mechanical issue?
  • How are appropriate filters determined?


Provides terrain estimations for:

  • Hard vs. Soft terrain
  • Rough vs. Smooth terrain
  • Information can be used directly or paired with additional vehicle information to control autonomous systems
  • Successfully integrated into MTVR, PLS, LVSR, HMMWV, MRZR platforms
  • J1939 or RTK via ROS Messaging



  • Improved Mobility and Safety
  • Reduced Operator Workload
  • Expanded Diagnostics Capabilities
  • Provides Enhanced Terrain Information
  • Improved Tire Life
  • Decreased Drive Train Wear
  • Built for Harsh Environments
  • Improved Drive Comfort by Reducing Cabin Vibrations
  • Improved Fuel Efficiency

Wheeled & Tracked Platforms:

Commercial Platforms

  • Construction Equipment
  • Farming Equipment
  • Forestry Equipment
  • Emergency Vehicles
  • Heavy and Large Ground Vehicles
  • Mining Equipment
  • Oil and Gas Trucks
  • Trailers


Military Platforms

  • Main Battle Tank
  • Infantry Fighting Vehicles
  • Armored Personnel Carriers
  • Armored Combat Support Vehicles
  • Mine-Protect Vehicles
  • Light Armored and Utility Vehicles
  • Self-Propelled Artillery
  • Anti-Aircraft
  • Prime Movers and Trucks
  • Unmanned Combat Vehicles

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