Meet Dolagon, an autonomous vehicle designed to help skiers

DolaGon is a modified Polaris Ranger Crew UTV with Camso 4S1 tracks designed to transport skiers autonomously on “backcountry” slopes. What makes this vehicle unique is its versatility. Users and operators can use autonomous features, or wireless remote controls, or manually manipulate the Dolagon like a traditional UTV in the driver’s seat.

Currently, Dolagon is equipped with an XP 1000 engine, but when Autoblog asked about future electrical plans, the company’s co-founder Logan Banning wrote, “We plan to convert to electric motors because they are high power and continue to advance in the long run. Electric engines are relatively new to the UTV world, but they should make rapid progress in the next few years. ”

What DolaGon allows for autonomy is the “train-and-repeat technology”, which first works by driving manually, setting up a “bread-crumb trail” that is acceptable for vehicle routes and avoids large boulders. Once the tree has collected that information and is logged into the system, Dolagan can begin its autonomous trek to reach the skiers and get them back to their starting point. In addition to train-and-repeat technology, Dolagon is equipped with GPS localization and tracking and LiDAR hazard recognition. It has an autonomous top speed of 15 miles per hour, but when operated manually it can operate at high speeds.

The company is currently focusing on recreational skiing and snowboarding but plans to one day offer mountain bikers and their bikes a mountain shuttle service. According to Banning, “We plan to use Dolagon in any of the industries that current UTVs already use – outdoor recreation, agriculture, hunting and fishing, exploration and rescue, oil and gas, and so on.”

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