Sand-X Motors and URS Laboratories Switzerland have launched an unmanned version of its Tracked All-Terrain Vehicle (T-ATV 1200). The vehicle has demonstrated excellent mobility in all terrain, from sand dunes, snow and ice to mud and rocks, the combination of low center of gravity, that minimizes the risk of rollover. With a curb weight of less than 250 kg, T-ATV has a maximum payload of 450 kg (1,000 lbs).
In service with more than 40 countries the T-ATV can replace different vehicle families such as snowmobiles and ATVs with a common platform that offers improved performance, capable of travelling over rough terrain and operate reliably in all year and on all terrains.
The ground pressure of T-ATV is much lower than human on foot or vehicles – Whereas a wheeled ATV or quad bike has 0.73 km/cm2, and human male 0.55, a ground pressure of T-ATV is merely 0.04 kg/cm2. This makes it particularly useful for mobility over snow and sand, where it races to a maximum speed of 180 km/h.
Moreover, unlike wheeled or double-tracked vehicles, T-ATV does not need any ground clearance, as it practically crawls on the obstacles with the Kevlar-rubber tracks. In fact, T-ATV in cross-country movement, T-ATV can travel to its destination in a straight line, overcoming most obstacles that would hinder the mobility of other SUV or ATVs that need circumventing most obstacles.