Applications

LOGISTICS

PRODRIVER is capable of not only driving but also coordinating multiple vehicles. The algorithm could even be executed in a cloud computer where a safe communication link sends actuators commands to the vehicles. There are typically two use cases: automated driving in factories and logistic yards. In the former, localization sensors are normally placed in the infrastructure with the only requirement for vehicles to have drive-by-wire capabilities.
Depending on the level of control of the logistic center, ISO26262 ASIL B could be the acceptable level of certification required, making this product quicker to market. We will achieve ASIL B certification in Q4 2022 via PROTECT.
We are currently testing this product with BMW.

SIMULATION EXAMPLE

The simulation video shows an example of the coordination of various vehicles in a complex environment.

 

Although this is only a simulation, the challenge of coordinating multiple dynamic vehicles is clear. In reality, expensive sensors such as LIDARS are installed in the infrastructure. A perception system, able to generate an environment model, runs in a cloud server. Via a secure communication link, each vehicle is connected to the cloud. The coordination algorithm and the motion planning algorithms for each vehicle are also executed in the cloud. Each vehicle then receives a trajectory to follow via its on-board motion controller.

PRODRIVER Logistics has empowered EINRIDE to set an all-time speed record on the Top Gear Track. Embotech’s PRODRIVER is the decision making software running on the EINRIDE POD, reliably generating safe trajectories in real-time for the vehicle. 

Intra-warehouse and within warehouse automation will allow up to 80% vehicle usage, greater efficiency and reduced costs. The industry will be transformed also via the opportunity of potentially locating distribution centers away from urban centres, as proximity to people won’t be necessary.

«Working with Embotech’s team has been a great pleasure both for our core logistics business and for demanding events. Embotech has been able to work around the clock together with the Einride team to meet our tight deadlines for this record breaking feat. The fast and efficient communication, combined with the powerful and intuitive to use PRODRIVER software has allowed us to start testing on real vehicles within days of project start. A great driver perfectly matched with a great vehicle is how you set a record.»

Dr. Christian Larsson, Chief Automotive Architect, Einride

 

SPECIAL VEHICLES

This use case deals with a PRODRIVER with more open characteristics. PRODRIVER can be tuned to drive unconventional vehicles from 400 ton haul trucks to articulated and multiple-axle vehicles.
Because of our model-based approach to motion planning, we are able to accommodate a range of vehicle configurations by changing vehicle models and tuning for the desired behavior. This motion planner is usually developed in close collaboration with the customer and adapted for the specific use case. It’s intended use is for gated areas.
We have deployed this product on multiple vehicles already, which are used on a daily basis by a mining company for automating operations. 

TESTING

PRODRIVER is used to automate vehicle dynamic testing where repeatability is essential. It’s a software substitute of driving robots that are currently used to perform such tests. Not having to use robots increase flexibility and reduces costs.
Because testing is performed in a controlled environment, ISO26262 ASIL B would be an acceptable level of certification required.
We are currently testing this product with a German automotive OEM.

We are currently testing this product with a German automotive OEM.

 

OFF-ROAD

PRODRIVER can be used to drive vehicles off the highway in un-smooth and low friction surfaces, often encountered in mining and constructions sites. PRODRIVER can deal with low and frequently changing tire friction coefficients as well as higher level of uncertainty of the drivable space.
Accurate system parameters are essential for such applications. We have developed a set of system identification algorithms that are normally used off-line to collect the required data and generate parameters that are either not available or difficult to measure.
We are currently testing this product with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

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