ANT Robotic Vehicle
Built by the Canadian Department of National Defence, Vehicle Concepts Group, the ANT vehicle
is an articulating, 4 wheel drive, 4 legged vehicle. This vehicle can lower itself to go under
obstacles under 2 feet tall or raise itself to step on to obstacles higher than itself. It combines
the efficiency of a rolling vehicle with the maneuverability of a walking vehicle. A 4 cylinder,
horizontally opposed gas engine powers the hydraulic pumps that supply pressure for all the hydraulic
motors and actuators.
The vehicle will initially have four CAN nodes;
The first node is a PC104 format
486 communicating through a spread spectrum Rf modem to the control station. A solid state hard drive
provides the control program and converts the RF protocol to a Zanthic PC104 CAN card connected to the
other three nodes.