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Adjustable wheel for robotics

Opportunity for

  • Companies developing mobile robotic products and wheel manufacturers

Opportunity description

Industry challenge: Robotics in agricultural settings face a number of challenges due to the terrain, soil and weather conditions. To adapt to these ever changing operating conditions wheel designs need to change to enable robotic platforms to operate effectively, in particular maintaining level chassis platforms on sloping or uneven ground and anti-bogging capabilities.

Current opportunity: The CSIRO has developed a wheel design featuring an adjustable hub position relative to the wheel rim. This extends the ability of vehicles to travel on rough terrain by providing an alternative suspension system in a small package. It also provides the ability to change gear ratio/ride height of vehicles while stationary or in motion. Its high-speed configuration allows vehicles to 'jump' which can allow it to get out of situations where wheels can become stuck. The increased chassis stability also allows carrying of sensitive payloads.

The technology can be applied by both robotic companies and wheel manufacturers in a variety of domains where wheels may need to adapt to changing terrains.

Other opportunities: There is a range of other potential applications including remote recovery and response.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest, Licensing

Readiness

Mid (TRL 5-7)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Opportunity led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Beef cattle Cereal grains Cotton Cross industry Dairy Fruits Natural capital assets Nuts Oilseeds Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

As Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We …
  • Location

    Global

  • Organisation type

    Public research organisation

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