Active Ride Control System (ARCS)

The Armored Group (TAG) and Pi Innovo have jointly developed a new active ride control system for use on armored civilian, commercial and government vehicles to include Armored Non Standard Commercial Vehicles (ANSCV).

The TAG/Pi Innovo Active Ride Control System (ARCS) replaces a vehicle’s standard passive shock absorbers with an automatically controlled active damping system, which improves vehicle stability and ride comfort over a wide range of terrains and vehicle speeds. Much of the standard vehicle suspension system is retained, providing optimized ride comfort and range of operation.

Unlike traditional passive suspensions, the ARCS package provides excellent ride control under both high and low-speed conditions. Handling characteristics are not compromised on rough or loose surfaces improving vehicle safety under normal and emergency driving conditions. The ARCS package consists of an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), electronically-controlled dampers, accelerometers, and the associated wiring harness to connect with the vehicle for power and CAN bus communications. The dampers used in the system are commercially-available parts and meet all appropriate durability requirements for passenger vehicles.

An armored Chevrolet Suburban demonstrator vehicle is available for ride and handling evaluations and has been used and evaluated for several months by organizations providing driver training to civilian and military organizations.

Currently the ARCS system is available as an installed option on TAG-built armored Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. Several other similar vehicle types have ARCS packages currently in development. Systems for larger heavy-duty Military and Law Enforcement vehicles are also planned.

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