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Safety and Performance Standard Developments for Automated Guided Vehicles



Roger V. Bostelman, Tsai H. Hong, Roger D. Eastman


The American National Standards Institute/Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ANSI/ITSDF) B56.5 Safety Standard committee for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) has been considering several changes to improve the standard. Of interest to the committee are bumper force test methods, an exception for where and when the AGV detects obstacles, and whether a human form test piece should be added to the three current test pieces. Beyond the safety standard, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has suggested a new AGV Performance Standard be established through ASTM that would provide AGV users and manufacturers with non-safety test methods to relate measured vehicle performance to required tasks. Both safety standard suggested improvements and performance standard developments are described and/or referenced in this paper including laboratory measurement data and analysis.
Proceedings Title
CLAWAR 2014 - Climbing and Walking Robots
Conference Dates
July 21-23, 2014
Conference Location


test method, automated guided vehicle (AGV), ANSI/ITSDF B56.5, human form, 3D imaging, safety, performance


Bostelman, R. , Hong, T. and Eastman, R. (2014), Safety and Performance Standard Developments for Automated Guided Vehicles, CLAWAR 2014 - Climbing and Walking Robots , Poznan, -1, [online], (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created July 23, 2014, Updated February 23, 2018