Ammann, Palfinger, Prinoth, Rosenbauer and TTControl collaborate on application-oriented solutions as part of the Autonomous Operation Cluster (AOC).
The multinational corporations will jointly develop key technologies for autonomous operating elements for mass production of mobile machinery and all-terrain vehicle functions. The goal is to accelerate the development of advanced support functions through collaboration to facilitate the work of operators and increase productivity, efficiency and safety in a wide range of industries around the world.
“Together, we will lay the foundation for the next generation of automation and autonomy capabilities in the mobile and off-road machinery industries,” said Roberto Ferrari, SVP service & operations at TTControl, in a prepared statement. “TTControl will support this game-changing company with its advanced knowledge of electronic architectures and expertise in computer vision and artificial intelligence. Through the synergies of this collaboration, we will develop essential building blocks for autonomous vehicles and mobile machinery that will significantly improve the productivity and safety of future off-road solutions.
The AOC will address trends such as intelligent, autonomous operation of road construction equipment and specialist off-road applications such as cranes. According to the company, solutions based on computer vision and artificial intelligence will allow precise detection of objects and processing of information from the surrounding environment. The resulting automated machine functions will help the operator, for example, by warning him of potentially dangerous situations and acting autonomously within clearly defined limits. Machine operators will be able to perform tasks more intuitively, quickly and safely.
According to the company, the most significant benefit of cross-industry collaboration is reduced development time through knowledge sharing. Partner companies bring decades of expertise in their fields to bring state-of-the-art solutions to production. Industry-specific technology challenges are addressed by a dedicated developer community comprised of experts from all partners. As a catalyst for autonomous operating functions, AOC will focus on three areas of development: robust hardware platforms, modular software components, and custom application functions.
In the current year, the AOC partners will define a technological solution and develop a proof of concept and the first prototypes. Implementation of additional applications based on specific use cases will continue in 2023.