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The famous ‘Blue Box’ is a compact hardware package containing everything needed for autonomy.


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Features | Reliability | Safety | Console | Flexibility | Proven

The GrayMatter AVS™ is a robust integrated software and hardware system. It is engineered to provide fail-safe control of the test vehicle while facilitating the use of a wide variety of commercial sensor navigation and robotic actuator subsystems to meet practically any driving challenge. The software architecture was proven in the 132 mile cross-country DARPA Grand Challenge, conducted in 2005 by an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

In its simplest form, the AVS™ utilizes GPS position, acceleration and distance traveled to complete a pre-programmed course or set of maneuvers. Additionally, more complex behaviors can be accomplished using GrayMatter’s simple, yet powerful, scripting system.


  • Autonomous driving of prerecorded paths, individual maneuvers, or a scripted combination of both
  • Driving repeatability in the range of several centimeters, even in reverse
  • Real-time monitoring software supporting one or multiple vehicles
  • Remote control and redundant emergency override with a range of up to 3 km line-of-sight, or more if required.
  • Portable, low-profile system for rapid transfer between vehicles
  • Reliability proven both on the road and off


  • Weight: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 70 ºC
  • Input voltage: 11 to 18 VDC
  • Max Current Draw: 150 W
  • 5 10/100 Ethernet Ports
  • 2 500 KB/s CAN Ports
  • 2 RS232 Serial Ports
  • 4 12 V switched, regulated, and fused auxiliary power outputs
  • 4 Analog output / input channels
  • E-Stop Current Loop
  • Lights and Siren Loop
  • Integrated Safety Radio with override switch (optional)
  • 3U 19” rack mount enclosure
  • ISO 9001 certified manufacturing



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