ARan is an extremely versatile platform for research as it features ROS, the well established Open Source Robotics middleware, that provides access to all the hardware through its APIs and allows users to build on top of the existing repositories or to deploy their own software.

In terms of hardware, ARan includes two motor-wheels with encoders, a LiDAR, two RGBD cameras, an IMU and both a standard computer and an NVIDIA GPU to make the most out of the robot.

In terms of software, ARan is suitable for non-expert users as it offers an intuitive Visual Programing framework, powered by Advanced Navigation and Logistics Tasks Planner building blocks, as well as for expert roboticists thanks to ROS and its rich set of development tools and the widespread research community that supports it.