Jabil has been granted a patent for a stabilizing drive system for robotic vehicles. The system includes a robot body base, drive wheels, a processing system, ball casters, and frames for stabilization. This innovation aims to lower the center of gravity of the robot for improved driving stability. GlobalData’s report on Jabil gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Stabilizing drive system for robotic vehicle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Jabil Inc

A drive system for a robot has been granted a patent (Publication Number: US11926172B2) with a unique design aimed at enhancing stability and maneuverability. The system includes a robot body base with at least two drive wheels, a processing system to drive the wheels, a plurality of ball casters strategically placed to lower the robot's center of gravity and provide stabilization, and frames to support the ball casters. The positioning of the four ball casters, typically at the corners of the robot body base, contributes to the system's stability.

Additionally, the drive system incorporates low-friction frames to allow free rotation of the ball casters, along with suspension systems for added support. The system can withstand tipping up to 45° or 60° without destabilization, depending on the number of ball casters in contact with the floor. The robot body base also includes a front bumper, with some ball casters inset to prevent interference. The system can be used for autonomous navigation, with sensors such as cameras for feedback, and the processing system can be partially off-board the robot for efficient operation. Overall, the patented drive system offers a unique combination of stability, maneuverability, and autonomous capabilities for robotic applications.

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