Automation for autonomous terrain mobility (Auto2)
|Coordinator||STIFT SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT, SKOGFORSK - Skogforsk Stiftelsen Skogsbrukets Forskningsinstitut Uppsala|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 9 998 000|
|Project duration||December 2018 - December 2020|
|Venture||Challenge-driven innovation - Phase 2 Collaboration|
|Call||Challenge-driven innovation - Stage 2 Collaboration 2018 (autumn)|
Purpose and goal
The project aims to create a safer and less physically stressful work environment and to raise system-level productivity through increased automation in forestry. Productivity should be less dependent on the operator´s experience and ability to manoeuver in the terrain. Increased automation will facilitate a more attractive working environment and help attract both men and women. The aim of the project is to develop the technology and demonstrate three products, AutoSafety, AutoDrive and AutoRemote. Each product is a step on the way to automated multi-terrain work.
Expected results and effects
Increased automation will lead to a better working environment and facilitate the recruitment of new machine operators through reduced workload and, in the long run, the ability monitor and control the machinery remotely. Optimization with digital map support will reduce soil impact in sensitive areas, and the precise routing will reduce fuel consumption. Long-term effects are thus increased sustainability in forestry and reinforced utilization of forest raw materials as alternatives to fossil materials. Sweden will also be strengthened as world leader in off-road equipment.
Planned approach and implementation
The project is being implemented in close cooperation with parties from universities, forestry machinery manufacturers, IT companies and forest management companies, which represent end users. Research at the four universities includes specific competencies, such as obstacle detection, autonomous vehicles, work environment and system analysis. The machinery manufacturer has a central role in the project and will implement the results in their equipment. The project is led by a group composed of representatives from the forest industry, manufacturers and academics.