First of its kind

TerraSmart’s Autonomous Precision Survey Rover

Triple survey speed and accuracy on your next site with the first fleet of autonomous survey rovers working in the U.S. solar market. Each APSR unit is able to locate up to 1,300 survey steak-out points per day.

Prepare For Automation


NASA space rover technology meets the world of photovoltaic construction. Simply hover over the images hotspots to learn more about TerraSmart’s – Autonomous Precision Survey Rover.

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Advantages

Eliminates human error, saves time, and cuts project construction costs.

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RTK GPS

Utilizes Real Time Kinematics (RTK) GPS for precision, accuracy, and speed.

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All-Terrain Use

Designed for all-terrain use with slope awareness for undulating sites, and includes a geometric passive articulation suspension system with 24-inch tires and a 10-inch ground clearance.

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Velocity

APSR travels at a maximum speed of 11 mph with a maximum incline of 45 degrees.

Mission Accomplished

How It Works On-Site

Autonomous robots are programmed by skilled operators and APSR is no exception. The engineering team loads coordinate files onto an Android tablet, making them accessible to the APSR operator to create “missions” for each project site. APSR’s operator can prioritize work by site conditions and can even save and replay missions at any time. Once the operator provides the commands, APSR will survey each programmed location.

Be Assured

Safety Comes First

A four-level safety system is built into the autonomous vehicle that can stop the rover in its tracks from up to a half-mile away. The operator can also hit a kill switch on his belt; there is a power-down command on the companion Android tablet; and APSR shuts itself down if it tips over or travels outside of its operating area.

Save Time. Cut Costs.

The Benefits of the APSR

Speed

A typical survey crew can locate up to 200 points per day, but the APSR can do over 1,300 points per day traveling at a speed of 11 mph with a maximum incline of 45 degrees.

Accuracy

The APSR brings NASA space rover technology to the world of photovoltaic construction. It eliminates human error, saves time and cuts project construction costs for clients by being able to survey and drill holes with a two-inch diameter.

Velocity

Designed for all-terrain use with “slope awareness” for undulating sites, the APSR includes a geometric pass articulation suspension system, 24-inch tires and a 10-inch ground clearance. It is also powered with a gas/electric hybrid drive system, allowing it to run 24/7 if required.

Safety

A four-level safety system is built into the autonomous vehicle that allows the rover to be stopped in its tracks up to a half-mile away, allow the operator to hit a kill switch on his belt as well as shut itself down if it tips over or travels outside of operating area.