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AIT presents automated forklift

Autonomous vehicles will contribute to more efficient logistics processes in the near future – Congenial cooperation of Center for Technology Experience and Center for Vision Automation & Control.

On 7th of May the automated forklift was presented at the Large-Scale Robotics Lab in Seibersdorf – as one of the use cases in the H2020 European research project AWARD (All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations). It features an innovative, holistic automation for perception, decision making and control, enabling it to reliably master real-world situations in all weather conditions. Additionally, it includes an innovative human-machine-interface with intuitive control and oversight capabilities.

AWARD is investigating how automated transport vehicles can sustainably improve the transport of goods in Europe. The AIT is project partner and pioneer in the development of safe, user-centred and automated transport and logistics systems for the future. In this project, we are focusing specifically on the human-centered automation of loading and unloading processes using an automated forklift in unstructured environment.

The AWARD event in Austria

After welcome words from Andreas VRABL, Head of AIT Center for Vision, Automation – Setareh Zafari, gave a short introduction about AWARD Project and an impression about “Human Machine Interface for Automated Material Handling Vehicles”, followed by Patrik Zips with his presentation “Mastering the Last Mile Delivery: Logistics Operation in the Unstructured World. Finally, Rebekka Ronke from Applied Autonomy gave an outlook to the “Fleet Management” in industrial plants. After the presentations, the AIT team gave an impressive demonstration of the automated forklift at the test site. Around 40 participants were visibly impressed.

The ORF has already reported (in German):

TV report on ORF from 13 May

ORF NÖ Online