Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars

Our friends at Volta robotics have extended their MAVLink-compatible autopilot series to autonomous cars. This is what they demonstrated at CES this week:

Product Description

LEAD TIME: 60 days (due to post-CES orders peak) + 2 days international shipping

REDUX: same as BASE1 Rover, but reduced computing performance.


BASE 1 is an advanced and complete stack to remotely control unmanned vehicles. By elevating control capabilities to an higher base, it’s a solid starting point to create new services, projects and applications.

  • Cloud Station Gateway (for browser-based control, connect your vehicle here)
    • Remote commands (e.g: GoTo, Takeoff, Dive, Set Mode)
    • Remote file transfer (including: Neural Networks, Groud Truth, Python Scripts, MAV Mission Files)
    • Remote triggers (Neural Networks, Python Scripts, Auto Missions)
  • Languages: Python (w/ OpenCV)
  • Self-Driving-Rover Sample Neural Network
  • Deep Learning Frameworks: Caffe, Tensorflow
  • Gstreamer, MavProxy, MavLink
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


  • Main BOARD:
    • 4G/LTE External Modem
    • 16 GB eMMC
  • All wired, turnkey.


  • Weight:  8.1kg
  • Dimensions:  531mm x 418mm x 321mm
  • Maximum Payload:  15kg
  • Max Speed:  18km
  • User Power:  AC 110V, 5V, 12V
  • Runtime:  2 hours with 4s Batteries
  • Modular structures – perfect for development, simple for production
  • Precise actuators – for smooth movements in small spaces
  • Wide case – for agile sensors / boards placement; batteries for long travels and more
  • Network Technology:  4G/LTE and Wifi ready
  • Independent Power Source for Electronics and Motors
  • Translucent front glass, for visual inspections
  • Modular roof, with several sensors-mount possibilities (including cameras)
  • Pixhawk (or any other ArduRover autopilot)
  • Logitech HD 1080 Pixel camera (h.264 native, Zeiss lens, autofocus).


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Comment by Auturgy on January 6, 2017 at 10:47pm

Comment by davidbuzz on January 6, 2017 at 10:59pm

....or more specifically ArduRover . docs:  http://ardupilot.org/rover/    discussion: http://discuss.ardupilot.org/c/ardurover

Comment by Olivier on January 6, 2017 at 11:51pm

Just coinciding with  the latest release. Nothing like it ...

Comment by Auturgy on January 7, 2017 at 1:52am

I'm guessing I just couldn't find @volta Robotics link to the source code and GPL v3 license, because Chris wouldn't actively promote a company that is violating the GPL, would he?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 7, 2017 at 6:08am

"MAVLink-compatible autopilot"

Can't you at least be intellectually honest and say the words Ardupilot or Ardurover?  You try to find any way to connect this back to work from ETH or Dronecode. It's really disappointing.

Or maybe if you want Dronecode to have Rover software to offer, have somebody pay for that work, or try to attract some volunteer developers to add it?

Comment by Gary McCray on January 7, 2017 at 11:36am

Wow, a $500.00 Thunder Tiger K-Rock truck with a spiffy body, a Pixhawk and a Logitech camera for only $5000.00.

Seems a bit much to me, but maybe I'm missing something.

Best Regards,


Comment by Olivier on January 7, 2017 at 12:50pm

Gary, you may be ...

ODroid XU4 Octa core, 4G LTE Modem, browser base control via cloud, sample four layer convolutional neural network for self-driving.

R&D is never cheap.

Comment by Auturgy on January 7, 2017 at 2:09pm
I'd really like Volta to be "open" about their use of open source code/tools/projects, and whether they actively support the work they benefit from, or just rebrand and repackage.
Comment by Auturgy on January 7, 2017 at 4:13pm
Also, I suspect Chris has mistaken this company for another: Volta don't make autopilots
Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 7, 2017 at 8:06pm

They claim this is the BASE-1 rover driving itself:


completely with just the webcam.  For the 1st time in 11 years, there's no mention of GPS.  It doesn't do a good job staying to the right, but it handles shadows.


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