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A-Unmanned Ground Vehicles Research and Standard Test Methods

ASTM International Committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles was formed in 2014. This Committee addresses issues related to performance standards and guidance materials for 'automatic' - (e.g., automatic guided vehicles) through 'autonomous' - (e.g., mobile robots) unmanned ground vehicles (A-UGVs) with industrial applications. A-UGV applications include, but are not limited to: indoor warehouse, manufacturing, and medical facilities and outdoor security and shipyards. It also works closely with industrial vehicle safety standards organizations. The Committee, currently with a membership of approximately 60, has its standards published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.08. F45's technical subcommittees maintain jurisdiction over these standards. F45 meets face-to-face twice each year, in the winter and summer, with approximately 35 members attending two to three days of technical meetings that typically include vehicle test method demonstrations. F45 includes an executive subcommittee and five technical subcommittees that each virtually-meet monthly (see Current Meetings ):

  • F45.01 Environmental Effects
  • F45.02 Docking and Navigation
  • F45.03 Object Detection and Protection
  • F45.04 Communication and Integration
  • F45.90 Executive Subcommittee
  • F45.91 Terminology

Further information on F45 subcommittees and F45's portfolio of approved standards and Work Items under construction are available at: https://www.astm.org/COMMIT/SUBCOMMIT/F45.htm.

Created April 30, 2018, Updated November 15, 2019