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SWAMO aims to investigate important vision based technologies and methods that are crucial requirements for realizing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for heavy mobile machines, such as wheel loaders. This is essential to mitigate the high risk for accidents for operators as well as for workers in the operating range.

In typical application scenarios of such mobile machines, vision-based 3D sensors and systems for reconstructing and modelling the surrounding area in 3D can enable remarkable enhancements when operating such machines covering aspects of productivity, speed, precision, safety, comfort, and energy efficiency. Other than advanced driver assistance systems, the technology can be utilized for semi-autonomous operation (auto-pilot) or for fully autonomous operation, depending on the level of technological maturity and legal regulations.

The primary goal of SWAMO is to develop and demonstrate several advanced assistance functions that rely on 3D vision technology and that have not been implemented before, especially on this class of mobile machines. The results will be demonstrated on a wheel loader platform under real-world conditions.


  • Project start: January 2013
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Funding: the project is funded by the FFG and FIT-IT
  • Coordination: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Partner: Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH