The Pioneer is the world's most popular research mobile robot. The Pioneer’s versatility, reliability and durability have made it the reference platform for robotics research. Unlike hobby and kit robots, the Pioneer includes a dedicated motion controller with encoder feedback, is fully programmable, and will last through years of tough classroom and laboratory use.
Pioneer 3 DX is a compact differential-drive mobile robot. It arrives fully assembled with embedded controller, motors with 500-tick encoders, 19cm wheels, tough aluminum body, 8 forward-facing ultrasonic (sonar) sensors, 8 optional rear-facing sonar, 1, 2 or 3 hot-swappable batteries, and our complete software development kit. Add an optional internal computer or your own laptop and the robot is ready to go.
Additional sensors, manipulators and other accessories are available to customize your Pioneer for your specific tasks.
The base Pioneer 3 DX platform can reach speeds of 1.6 meters per second and carry a payload of up to 23 kg. The robot is powered by three hot-swappable 9Ah sealed batteries.
The robot's embedded motion controller automatically performs velocity control of the robot and provides robot state & control information including a position estimate of the robot in space (x, y, theta), battery charge data, and sonar range sensing data. Your higher level control programs created with the Pioneer SDK can run on an onboard computer, or offline with the free simulator.
With the Laser Mapping and Navigation package, the robot can map warehouses, hangars, lab spaces, and any other indoor space in minutes; Accurately localize within the mapped indoor known space; autonomously navigate by planning and following dynamic paths to goals; and avoid obstacles along the way.
Download Pioneer 3-DX Datasheet (pdf)
The Pioneer 3 DX is an all-purpose base, used for research and applications involving:
- autonomous navigation
- multi-robot cooperation and other behaviors
Pioneer 3 DX runs best on hard surfaces. It can traverse low sills and household power cords and climb most wheelchair ramps.
Segmented bumper switches near the floor can automatically stop the robot upon collision. Your software can use the bumper signal to trigger additional behavior as well. Bumpers are available on the front and/or back of the robot.
USB Laptop Connector
USB connector for user-supplied laptop.
Sensor Mounting Bracket
A simple bracket for mounting sensors or other items 30 cm (12 in) above the robot. May be used with or without laser mounted.
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