Special vehicles cover a very wide range of different vehicle types. These vehicle types can vary from trucks, municipal and forestry vehicles to testing platforms in the field of research.
In all these areas, issues such as the reduction of the risk of accidents caused by human error, the increase in efficiency or the relief of the machine operator play an outstanding role. These problems can be tackled by the use of powerful hardware and software solutions, which enable (active) assistance functions, (partial) automation as well as the cooperative collaboration of several machines.
We would like to present to you some use cases, which, of course, represent only a tiny section of the possibilities in the field of mobile automation. So, if you have other applications, do not hesitate to contact us.
Active Workspace Surveillance
- Ambient environmental sensors monitor the workspace of the special vehicle and intervene in case of danger.
- Collisions and other dangerous situations are avoided reliably.
- Areas, not visible for the driver, can also be monitored.
Free Point-To-Point Navigation including Obstacle Avoidance
- Autonomous ride on a previously saved route.
- The vehicle travels the specified route point by point.
- Obstacles in the path are detected with the help of ambient environmental sensors and can be bypassed.
- A manned or teleoperated guidance vehicle indicates the lane.
- Unmanned vehicles safely follow the guidance vehicle at a predefined distance.
- Collisions can be reliably avoided with the help of ambient environmental sensors.
By supporting the operator, respectively by the transfer of certain functions towards the machine, the operator is able to stay focused for a longer time. Therefore, he is able to obtain a higher pace of work. Complete autonomous functions also enable the operator to leave the machine and do other operations or to control more than one vehicle at the same time. Thus, a significant increase in productivity is possible.
Human mistakes are still the main reason for accidents. Intelligent assistance functions can help here. They support the operator and take control in case of need, to prevent accidents. Furthermore, autonomous operations make it possible to keep people out of dangerous environments.
A lot of tasks require a permanent supervision by the operator. In many cases, this leads to an un-ergonomic seating position. But also vibrations and shocks do harm the operators body in a long term. With assistance functions and (partial-) autonomy, area monitoring becomes lapsed or can be done from outside of the vehicle. That way, health risks can be reduced to a minimum.