About Perrone Robotics

Perrone Robotics developed its MAX software platform and complementary technology to make it dramatically easier to build autonomous vehicles and other autonomous applications compared to traditional approaches.

Current headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia

Current headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia

Perrone Robotics, Inc., based in Charlottesville, Virginia, was formed in 2003 and has been developing mobile autonomous robotics solutions since its inception. Our MAX full-stack, modular robotics software platform is rooted in and evolved from the DARPA Grand Challenge and DARPA Urban Challenge.  Perrone Robotics has now further evolved this robotics software platform into MAX-Auto, which is a purpose-built robotics platform directed squarely at autonomous ("self-driving") vehicle applications.  MAX-Auto allows continuous improvements in system capabilities, including seamless addition of new sensors, controls, maneuvers and behaviors.

Company History

Perrone Robotics has been developing mobile autonomous robotics solutions since 2003. Our core technology is the patented MAX (Mobile Autonomous 'X') software platform. MAX serves as a general-purpose cusomizable software platform for mobile autonomous robotics. Over the years, Perrone Robotics has further evolved MAX and applied it as a software platform for autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) and other unmanned ground vehicles. MAX was put to the test demonstrating a rapid and robust means for building fully autonomous ground vehicles in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. These competitions were established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to accelerate the development of fully-autonomous ground vehicle technology.

On the heels of its involvement with the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge, Perrone Robotics began commercializing its technology automating ground vehicles and transportation-related applications using MAX, as well as advanced LiDAR-based perception software (MAX-LiDAR). Over the years, Perrone Robotics fielded a wide range of partially and fully automated ground vehicle applications as well as LiDAR-based perception applications for commercial and government use. Perrone Robotics also continued to showcase its technology in applications such as the automation of rock legend Neil Young’s converted 1959 Lincoln Continental extended range Electric Vehicle called the LincVolt.

Perrone Robotics and its employees also participate in the global automated vehicle community vis-à-vis chairmanship of the SAE On Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee (ORAV), founding of the SAE ORAV Verification & Validation Task Force, FIRST Robotics League support, X-Prize Foundation planning of an automated vehicle competition, and speaking engagements at automated vehicle and driverless car-related industry conferences, among many other activities.

In 2012, Perrone Robotics began fielding a next generation robotic collision avoidance test system under an engagement with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The resulting Automated Vehicle Test System (AVTS) was developed to include a drop-in autonomy kit (DAK) for converting any desired test vehicle into an automated vehicle in 30 minutes or less. The AVTS also was developed to include low-profile run-over target robot platforms carrying crashable soft targets such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The DAKs and target robots are programmed with embedded MAX software, whose software DNA reaches back to the company’s beginning and DARPA Grand Challenge work. The underlying software has grown to support a wide range of highly sophisticated movement plans and scenarios unlocking a virtually limitless range of both single and N-robot coordinated test and collision scenarios for the DAKs and target robots controlled by the MAX platform. GPS-based navigation is supported for outdoor operations, and a local positioning solution is supported for indoor and covered track operations.

In 2016, Perrone Robotics spun off its automotive vehicle crash testing systems (AVTS) business into a wholly-owned subsidiary called Perrone Automotive Robotic Test Systems. The parent company, Perrone Robotics, now focuses on the development and commercialization of its MAX and MAX-Auto software platform for use in autonomous ground vehicles, including self-driving cars.