Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

Clearpath Robotics | A-000000-01700

Interested in meeting a real mobile robot, both weatherproof and all-terrain, that’s as fast on a dirt road as on the lino in your kitchen? Check out the Jackal Unmanned Ground Vehicle, a robust, rapid, compact and what’s more extremely flexible robotised platform!


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Jackal is a rugged, all-terrain platform

The Jackal is an autonomous mobile outdoor robot created by ClearPath Robotics. The Jackal is fully integrated, compact and waterproof. The Jackal is a flexible platform on which it is easy to plug sensors and cameras. With its high payload, generous power options and its ROS API, the Jackal is at the time being the best solution on the market to build your autonomous outdoor robot. Generation Robots, as a partner of ClearPath is proud to bring you this technology in Europe. Don't wait to contact us to know more about the platform, to talk about your project and to get a quote.

Powerful Chassis & Drive Train

Jackal is built on a sturdy metal chassis made entirely from lightweight and durable aluminium alloy. The high torque 4x4 drivetrain gives Jackal maximum traction, while up to 500 watts of on-board power are available to manoeuvre out of the toughest situations. Tested under the most difficult conditions, it’s as robust as it is powerful, capable of carrying loads of up to 20 kg for autonomy of 2 h in extreme load conditions (8 h in standard conditions).


Leave the umbrella at home – Jackal’s IP62 waterproof casing enables all connections to pass through a compressed-foam cable management outlet for communicating with outside components. Operate Jackal at -20 Celsius or +45 Celsius - it’s ready for all weather conditions!

Tested for All-Terrain

Jackal is engineered for repetitive and rugged testing, so it’s made with replaceable metal skirting to protect the platform from damage. The 4 durable wheels paired with skid-steer drive enable precision and just enough power to bring your research to the next level.

A 4x4 programmable platform

The Jackal mobile robot is not only a fun-to-drive vehicle, it’s also a fantastic robotics platform created to help you with your programming experiments thanks to a wide range of 5, 12 and 24 V compatible sensors.

Technical specification of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

Jackal mobile robot

Jackal mobile robot

Size and weight of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

  • External dimensions (L x W x H): 508 x 430 x 250 mm (20 x 17 x 10 in)
  • Internal storage dimensions: 250 x 100 x 85 mm (10 x 4 x 3 in)
  • Weight: 17 kg (37 lbs)
  • Ground clearance: 65 mm (2.6 in)


Size of the Jackal mobile robot

Speed and performance of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

  • Maximum payload: 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • All-terrain Payload: 10 kg (22 lbs)
  • Maximum speed: 2.0 m/s (6.6 ft/s)
  • Drive power: 500 W


Battery and power system of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

  • Battery chemistry: Lithium Ion
  • Capacity: 270 Watt hours
  • Charge time: 4 hours
  • Runtime:
    • Heavy usage: 2 hours
    • Basic Usage: 8 hours
  • Operating voltages (choice):
    • 5 V @ 5 A
    • 12 V @ 10 A
    • 24 V @ 20 A


Interfacing and communication of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

  • Control modes:
    • Kinematic Commands — velocity, angular velocity
    • Open Loop Motor Driver Commands — voltage
    • Wheel Velocity Commands
  • Feedback:
    • Battery and motor current
    • Wheel velocity and travel
    • Integrated GPS receiver
    • Integrated gyroscope and accelerometer
  • Quadrature encoders: 78000 pulses/m
  • Communication: Ethernet, USB 3.0, RS232. (IEEE 1394 available)
  • Drivers and APIs: Packaged with ROS Indigo Drivers and Ubuntu 14.04
  • Integrated accessories (included): Wireless Game controller, GPS, IMU, On-Board Computer, WIFI Adapter, Accessory Mounting Plates


Computer of the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

Two versions are available: the standard version and the Performance version which is more powerful. The technical specifications for each version are as follows:

Standard version Performance version
Celeron J1800 Dual core, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 4570T Dual core, 2.9GHz
2 GB RAM 32 GB Hard Drive 4 GB RAM 128GB Hard Drive
WIFI Adapter WIFI Adapter


Environmental specifications

  • -20 to 45 °C (-4 to 113 °F)
  • IP 62 (65 available on select configurations)


Jackal ROS API: a new plug and play experience

Jackal programming is done using its ROS API, designed to make all its users’ lives easier: Using ROS, you'll be able to control the power systems, the motors, IMU, GPS and localization estimate. If you need new connections or want to make changes to the on-board computer, just lift the vehicle’s top plate to access all the internal circuits!

Resources for the Jackal unmanned ground vehicle

We’ve collected together some additional information to help you familiarise yourself with the ClearPath Robotics Jackal ROS mobile robot:

ROS support centre

Jackal wiki page

Data sheet
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