The EO smart connecting car 2, a concept vehicle for autonomous driving, electromobility and reconfigurability (DFKI GmbH, photo: Timo Birnschein)
The EO smart connecting car 2, a concept vehicle for autonomous driving, electromobility and reconfigurability (DFKI GmbH, photo: Timo Birnschein)
Magnetic inspection robot on metallic building facade (DFKI GmbH, photo: Felix Bernhard)
Magnetic inspection robot on metallic building facade (DFKI GmbH, photo: Felix Bernhard)

Coyote III with fully integrated Rover system bus climbing a scree pile (DFKI GmbH, photo: Roland Sonsalla)
Coyote III with fully integrated Rover system bus climbing a scree pile (DFKI GmbH, photo: Roland Sonsalla)

Applied AI - Mobility

There is a very diverse range of mobility applications. Hence, the team "Mobility" engages in the development of innovative AI and robotic solutions designed to improve transport of passengers and goods as well as systems for transport in remote areas.

In public transport, an increase in traffic volume, environmental awareness and the desire for more free time paired with a fun driving experience are causing an increasing demand for new solutions.  These are supposed to enable energy-efficient use of private transport to and from any desired location; all while avoiding – or ideally preventing – traffic jams and sparing the person driving as many tasks as possible, so that they can focus on other things. Key issues in this field are therefore technological developments in the areas of autonomous driving, micro- and electro mobility. In the transport of goods, the team’s research interests include autonomous transport systems for components, materials and tools in production facilities, and support systems for last mile delivery. Applications for systems that provide increased mobility for transportation in unstructured and remote environments range from disaster relief, landfill decommissioning and operation in hostile environments, to monitoring activities and harvest support for orchards.

The team "Mobility" provides technologies and capabilities to develop autonomous mobile robots; these include propulsion, mobility and transportation concepts, mechatronics and sensory design, regulation, motion control, localization, mapping and navigation. Operational, technical and functional requirements, in particular legal requirements, which are relevant, for example, for operation in traffic, are taken into account when developing the system’s hardware and software. Of particular interest is also the testing, evaluation and validation of the developed systems in realistic environments. This includes the provision of test environments and equipment, and the necessary expertise to define and conduct appropriate experiments and to collect relevant data.

Focus:

  • Public transportation

    • Autonomous driving
    • Micro mobility
    • Electro mobility

  • Transportation of goods

    • Logistics
    • Last mile delivery
    • Waste transportation

  • Mobility for remote access/extreme environment

    • Agricultural robots
    • Disaster relief
    • Landfill decommissioning

Team lead: Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Bartsch

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last updated 08.07.2019
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