xBOT – A Versatile Robot to Assist Testing of Autonomous-Connected Vehicles

This project aims to develop a robot (xBOT) that is customized for testing autonomous-connected vehicles. The xBOT platform itself is an automated-connected and modified Segway Ninebot© with an external shell that allows it to behave, and be perceived, as a free-moving Pedestrian, Scooter, Bicycle, Motorbike, or full-sized Vehicle in actual street environments. The objectives of the project are to ruggedize the platform, provide a user-friendly interface to easily program the platform’s motion, integrate the platform into the Mcity OS, allow the platform to communicate, and be synchronized, with other static and dynamic traffic elements, and achieve all this under a complete life-cycle cost of $10,000 per robot.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $235095
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    Bezzina, Debra

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Dearborn

    4901 Evergreen Road
    Dearborn, Michigan  United States  48128
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lakshmanan, Sridhar

    Richardson, Paul

    Xiang, Weidong

  • Start Date: 20220701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240229
  • Actual Completion Date: 20240311
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01848798
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747105
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2022 4:11PM