KRATOS – integration study

Technical Details

Size: 1400 x 850 x 995 mm
Weight: 192 kg
Power supply:
48 V
Speed: 6 km/h
Actuation/ Engine:
Wittenstein ITAS, 48V, max 250 Nm, 90 rpm
Robosense LIDAR
Framos depth camera
6x ultrasonic sensors
CANopen, NdlCom
Control by gestures and person following.
Autonomous transport mode with self-localisation, navigation und obstacle avoidance.

Organisational Details


Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk

Sponsor: Federal Agency for Technical Relief
Grant number: EI3 101-03-03
Application Field: Electric Mobility
Logistics, Production and Consumer
SAR- & Security Robotics
Related Projects: ROMATRIS
Robotic material transport in disaster scenarios (09.2021- 08.2025)
Related Robots: ASGUARD IV
Advanced Security Guard V4
DLR SpaceBot Cup 2013 Rover

System description

KRIS on a slope (Foto: Dewangan, DFKI GmbH)

The KRIS robot is an all-wheel-drive vehicle for transporting materials in emergency situations. Each drive delivers a peak torque of 250 Nm at a speed of 6 km/h. Thanks to its sensor technology, it recognizes people and can be controlled by gestures from the machine operator. KRIS follows the operator and can therefore be guided through rough terrain. A map of the surroundings is created, which can be used to navigate the terrain and independently transport loads of up to 120 kg between waypoints.


ROMATRIS: Participation at the Bremerhaven storm surge exercise with the THW

The DFKI project Romatris was involved as a participant in the Bremerhaven disaster control exercise (scenario - storm surge) on June 15, 2024 with its KRIS robot system. The system is being developed together with the THW and is intended to supplement or improve logistical processes in acute damage situations. The system follows the leading persons on hand signals and can independently drive learned routes at the simple push of a button in order to supplement logistical chains and to relieve the THW emergency services with heavy material in rough terrain.

ROMATRIS: (Partially) autonomous assistance robot for transporting materials in rough terrain

In the event of a disaster, every second counts. To save valuable time and increase the safety of emergency personnel, the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center is developing a (partially) autonomous assistance robot in close cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). The innovative robot is able to follow rescue workers through rough terrain and transport material weighing more than 100 kilograms over uneven terrain. It can react to the gestures of the emergency services and move independently back and forth between two points on a predefined route. The DFKI researchers successfully tested the first version of the system at the THW test and training center in Hoya. The robot transported a 120-kilogram generator, safely crossed railroad tracks and climbed a dike hill. Despite the darkness, it was able to recognize people and respond to their commands. The task now is to implement the feedback from the emergency services and further develop the system accordingly. Once the project has been completed, the robots will soon be put into practical use and help to train emergency services in the use of robotic systems and increase the acceptance of new technologies.

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last updated 08.07.2024