UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) by Telkom University
UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) by Telkom University. UGV or Unmanned Ground Vehicle is the collaborative innovation of lecturers and students from the Electrical Engineering Study Program, School of Electrical Engineering and the Product Design Study Program, School of Creative Industries, Telkom University. UGV is a vehicle that can be operated without an operator (human in UGV) for military logistics purposes. Operators can easily control the UGV remotely. In other word, UGV serves as a vehicle that helps carry various kinds of light logistics needs with an autonomous or long-distance system without an operator in the UGV.
This UGV was developed by a team of almost 10 people including students and lecturers. The background of making this UGV cannot be separated from the collaboration between Telkom University and PT. Pindad, where PT. Pindad as a client that provides a framework that is the basis for the needs of this UGV development. Telkom University, through BTP, began to develop UGV from June 2021.
In terms of systems, the UGV was developed by a team from the Electrical Engineering study program, while in terms of visuals and concepts UGV is developed by a team from Product Design. The UGV is controlled using a Joystick controller using radio frequencies.
The UGV can carry 2 people and some logistic with a total load of approximately 300kg-500kg. UGV can also be used to carry sick/injured people on the battlefield. The UGV can be controlled remotely with an unimpeded distance of about 3 km. While the battery capacity in one operation can last about 2 hours but can be standby and operated continuously with a 1-hour charger system. The speed of the UGV is still at the limit of 45km/hour because there are aspects to be considered such as shocks and so on.
Previously, this kind of vehicles already existed, but the UGV, as designer of UGV said, was developed to be more practical and economical. In addition, the maintenance of this UGV is also easier and simpler.
In addition to the military field, this UGV can also be used in various fields, for example in hospitals. So that in the future it is possible that the UGV team will receive requests from various parties for the manufacture and development of mass UGVs. But of course, for now, the UGV team will continue to work on developing a UGV for PT. Pindad.
The UGV team, represented by three students, namely Muhammad Rivaldi Pratama from Product Design, Teuku Ilham from Electrical Engineering, and Rijal A’rofah Dzikri Amrullah from Product Design, in the TelU Talk expressed their hopes for UGV innovation which is expected to be able to develop UGV from various aspects in order to provides many more benefits for its users, and they also hope to continue to innovate in order to contribute to the nation.(IO)***