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Warthog Is a Tough Amphibious Robotics Platform

Warthog is fully amphibious and can easily traverse tough terrain on land. Photo Credit: Clearpath Robotics
Warthog is fully amphibious and can easily traverse tough terrain on land as well. Photo Credit: Clearpath Robotics

Clearpath Robotics, a Kitchener, Ontario based provider of mobile robotic platforms for research and development, recently released Warthog, a large, all-terrain mobile robot that can travel on land or in the water. With a large payload capacity designed to support outdoor applications including in mining, agriculture, forestry and environmental research and monitoring, Warthog enables developers to get up and running quickly with a reliable and rugged platform

According to the company’s press release, Warthog’s light-weight aluminum chassis, low ground pressure, passive suspension system, and 24” traction tires allow it to easily traverse a variety of tough terrains including soft soils, thick muds and steep grades, all while carrying up to 272 kg of payload. With built-in bilge pumps and an IP rating of 65, Warthog is fully weather-proof and amphibious, capable of moving through deep waterways at up to 4 km/h, or travel at speeds of up to 18 km/h while on land. The all-electric, skid steer platform has expandable power allowing for a runtime of 6 hours, and can be outfitted with quad tracks for ultimate traction and maneuverability in snow and sand.

Designed for end-to-end integration and customization, Warthog includes an internal computer, IMU, wheel encoders, and mounting racks, as well as accessible user power and communication ports for integrating sensors, manipulators, and other third-party hardware. Warthog is shipped with the Robot Operating System (ROS) preconfigured and a Gazebo simulation model, allowing researchers to get started quickly with existing research and widely available open-source ROS libraries.

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