The Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium was held for the fifth time last week at the Technical University in Kaiserslautern. More than 200 participants discussed innovations and trends in the field of commercial vehicle technology. In addition to an interesting and exciting lecture programme, which was divided into the main topics “Assisted and automated driving and working”, “Energy and resource efficiency”, “Safety, reliability and service life”, “Simulation methods” and “Innovative methods for development and production”, a exhibition was held in the foyer of building 42 and many different types of commercial vehicles were shown outdoors.
The fifth Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium will take place at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern from Tuesday, March 13 to Thursday, March 15. The event, organised and hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Alliance Kaiserslautern, takes place every two years and deals with international trends and technological developments in the commercial vehicle industry. In more than 50 lectures and an accompanying exhibition, current and future trends in the field of commercial vehicles will be discussed.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 27 February and Wednesday 28 February, we will present our Autonomy kit RowCropPilot at the Franconian Wine Days in Veitshöchheim near Würzburg. The electronic tracked vehicle Mattro Bock is presented as an autonomous carrier vehicle for taking soil samples and can be inspected on the outside area in front of the Mainfranksäle on the Farmfacts booth. The exhibition will be open from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Tuesday and from 8:30am to 2:30pm on Wednesday. In addition to the exhibition, an interesting conference program will be held. On the first day the program is focusing on biodiversity issues between climate change and economics, and on the second day on wine and its origin as a brand. The program is rounded off with a tasting session starting on Wednesday at 2:30pm. More detailed information on the program can be found here.
From 24 to 26 January 2018 we will be represented at the Agrartage Rheinhessen with our own booth. With the RowCropPilot we present innovative robot technology for use in vineyards and orchards. The application bundle RowCropPilot can be integrated by the manufacturer on different vehicles and enables intelligent functions, which can range from a lane keeping assistant to the autonomous execution of maintenance work. At the Agrartage the application bundle will be presented equipped to an innovative vehicle concept. More information will follow.
After the first participation in the B2RUN-corporate challenge Kaiserslautern last year, the Robot Makers Running Team again took part in the running event in Kaiserslautern’s inner city this year. Thus, the six-kilometer route, which stretches from the SAKS hotel through the pedestrian zone over Barbarossa and Bismarckstrasse back to the Stiftsplatz, was tackled by eight brave runners.
After our first participation in the B2RUN-Corporate Challenge last year, we will again face the challenge of the sporting spectacle on the 18th of May 2017 in our hometown. With nine runners our team is going to overcome the approximately five kilometer-long run through the Kaiserslautern city center. Our team starts in the last starting block at 6:30 pm at the Stiftsplatz in front of the SAKS-Hotel. Friends, patrons and partners are, of course, invited to support our team at the track!
From 25th to 27th January 2017, our partner Niko Maschinenbau will present the driverless vineyard crawler to the visitors at the machine exhibition of the Agrartage Nieder-Olm. For the first time, the machine itself will be represented on the booth of our partner in Hall C, Stand 024. Robot Motors GmbH and Niko Maschinenbau would be really happy to welcome you there.
Thanks to the technology of the Robot Makers GmbH, this crawler vehicle is able to complete various care tasks in the vineyard completely autonomously. In contrast to other systems on the market, the machine doesn’t use the high-precision RTK-GPS. Most of the data used for navigation is provided by the “eyes” of the vehicle, so-called ambient environment sensors. In addition to independently running the rows in wine and fruit cultivation, the vehicle is also able to turn independently at the row exit and enter the next row. This allows complete plantations to be processed autonomously.
By eliminating the necessity of the highly accurate RTK-GPS signal, the system achieves greater robustness against signal fluctuations caused by shading (e.g. because of trees or precipices) and weather phenomena. In addition, the position offset arising by the slippage of the crawler while the transposition maneuver can be counterbalanced. This offset forces today’s systems, which are based on precisely predefined tracks, to come to a standstill.
For the fifth year in a row, employees and friends of the Robot Makers GmbH gathered at the christmas market in Kaiserslautern to say goodbye to the last year and to agree on the new year 2017 with many exciting projects. In addition to our employees, this year again some former colleagues as well as friends and acquaintances of our company followed our call and together we spent a beautiful pre-christmas evening.
The Robot Makers GmbH wants to take this opportunity to thank all of its customers, partners and friends for the cooperation in last year and to wish Merry Christmas and a good start to the new year 2017 to everyone.