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Pioneer LX Research Platform

Pioneer LXThe Pioneer LX is an advanced mobile robotics research platform based on the Adept Lynx industrial AIV (Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle).  This ground robot is programmable, and easy to add, switch and customize different sensors, effectors and other equipment for new projects.

The Pioneer LX has been designed for continuous non-stop industrial service and can operate up to 13 hours before recharging.  This autonomous mobile robot can carry payloads of up to 60 kg over indoor surfaces in wheelchair-accessible facilities.  

A docking station for autonomous self-charging is provided with the robot.

The Pioneer LX can travel at speeds up to 1.8 m/s with full payload.  As with other MobileRobot platforms, the Pioneer LX includes our extensive Pioneer SDK, a set of software applications and libraries to accelerate the pace of development.  All of our robotics platforms can also be used in a “semi-autonomous” fashion in which the robots will navigate autonomously but respond to commands from your remote control computer.

A high precision 270° laser rangefinder sensor is included for navigation and object sensing, as well as front and rear facing ultrasonic sonar sensors, and front bumper switch.

Pioneer LX features a dedicated high performance robot controller with automatic encoder integration and gyroscopic correction for position estimation and velocity control of the robot with configurable acceleration parameters, and more. An efficient embedded PC running Ubuntu Linux or Windows 7 is integrated for software applications. Cross-platform software SDK support is available for C++, Python, Java. ROS and Matlab interfaces are available.

With the included Laser Mapping & Navigation System and MobileEyes, you can map buildings, travel autonomously to goal points, and constantly update robot position within a few cm while traveling within mapped areas. 


The Pioneer LX is an all-purpose mobile robot development system, ideal for research and applications including:

  • mapping and localization
  • mobile robot autonomous navigation and positioning
  • sensor testing
  • vision research
  • mobile manipulation

The rugged chassis and suspension of the robot allow it to easily traverse sills, gaps and power cords and climb wheelchair ramps.  The removable aluminum equipment deck, top cover and body panels make it easy to add and modify sensors and other application-specific structure and equipment.


Size 50 cm (19.7 in) width
70 cm (27 in) length
45 cm (17.6 in) height 

(37 cm (14.5 in) height without equipment deck)
Computer  64-bit Dual Core 1.8 GHz Atom industrial PC
Wireless Ethernet
3x USB 2.0
2x RS-232 serial
2x gigabit ethernet
Audio input and output, speakers included
Weight 60 kg (132 lbs) Operating Systems Ubuntu Linux or Windows 7
OS and all software is preinstalled and configured
Maximum Speed 1.8 m/s General Purpose I/O 16 digital inputs
16 digital outputs
4 analog inputs
4 analog outputs
Continuous Run Time 13 hours  Power Outputs 5, 12, 20 VDC, switchable
Recharge Time 3.5 hours Laser Range Sensor Sick S300 laser rangefinder
240° field of view
30 meter maximum range
½° angular resolution
Battery 24V 60Ah LiFePO4
Removable module
Other Sensors Front and rear ultrasonic (sonar) range sensors.
Front bumper panel.
Battery Lifetime 7 years continuous operation Docking station Included.
Payload 60 kg (132 lbs) on level surface.  (Higher payload capability available by special request.)
Software available Open-source Pioneer SDK with ARNL autonomous navigation system and MobileEyes GUI included standard. 
ROS, Matlab and Player interfaces also available.

PDF fileDownload Pioneer LX Datasheet (pdf).


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