Futuristic-looking robot vehicles should prove themselves from Tuesday in Frankfurt’s Waldstadion. The eight partners of the “Campus FreeCity” project, who come from science and business, will then start the first tests of so-called CityBots. These vehicles come from the Edag Group, which is the largest independent development partner in the automotive and aviation industries.
Die Basisvariante des Edag CityBot
At the center of the “real laboratory” outlined is a networked fleet of highly automated robo-cars that can be used for various tasks due to their modular structure. The CityBots are also to be fitted with different modules in and around the stadium, depending on their purpose. One scenario is the transport of goods such as food or waste. At the same time, those involved want to test the extent to which the bots on the 42-hectare site can contribute to the automation and “smartification” of the stadium as a whole.
The vehicles should be able to communicate with their environment, be it with stationary infrastructure sensors for watering playing fields and green areas or for processing an order and billing system. The second application scenario is the transport of people on the stadium grounds. Visitors with restricted mobility in particular should benefit from this. The project should enable municipalities to guess how urban mobility could work in a smart city.
Almost to the EM 2024
The project is designed to last two and a half years. Interdisciplinary teams strive for efficient, sustainable and user-friendly offers for mobility, transport and municipal services. The Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport is funding the project as part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation initiative with 10.9 million euros.
CityBot prototype for transporting things
Under the coordination of the House of Logistics and Mobility (Holm) company, those involved include Edag EintrachtTech, the independent digital subsidiary of this year’s winner of the European Football League Eintracht Frankfurt, T-Systems, Compredict, the testing company Dekra, the Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Darmstadt. They want to investigate how future traffic will be influenced by technology such as AI, the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous driving.
Avatar instead of Dispatch-Callcentre
The development of a mobility platform for efficient task management is planned so that the networked fleet can process the transport and inspection tasks with priority. The entire system is to be tested for the first time in the “Arena of IoT” digital center in the Waldstadion in the second half of 2023.
According to Edag, Edag is working on a specific distribution and communication architecture so that the various tasks can be performed with different train and utility modules of the CityBot. An avatar should take over interaction with people. Together with the participating universities, the company is developing a basic central interaction and process logic for language, gestures and symbols. Another goal is to continuously and automatically optimize the hardware of the CityBot.
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