Indoor/Outdoor Autonomous Vehicle

Abstract/Technology Overview

Imagine if you have a shop-floor the size of a football field, and you have to walk in search of and/or transport items across row after row of shelved items. Or there might be a perimeter fence that requires a walk-around check. Try doing it for 8-hours a day. This laborious inventorying work is tough on any worker. Now, envision if an Autonomous Device will play “fetch” or go-around those premises at the touch of a button, within the comfort zone of a central control centre?

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

What can this Technology do for your business?

Autonomous Technology is largely defined as being infrastructure-light with self-decision capabilities, as opposed to existing technology such as Automated-n-Guided Vehicle (AGV), which is infrastructure-heavy and has fixed planned options.

Therefore, Autonomous Technology is the advancement of sensory technology built onboard the mobile devices then installed around the shop-floor. This evolution brings disruptive opportunities to smart transport automation.

As your business expands, the shop-floor will also increase, adding complexity beyond what existing and traditional AGV technology can cope with. For example, as the area gets bigger, without advanced sensory systems monitoring technology enablement, AGV will have difficulties in plotting alternative routes to complete delivery orders from point-to-point. AGV is infrastructure-heavy, meaning it depends mostly on its surroundings to assist in navigation and communication needs; as the area expands, there will be added cost to the installation of such older know-how. Hence, Autonomous Technology can overcome all the current constraints of existing technical knowledge.

Potential Applications

Supply-Chain Operations, Logistics and Distribution – Interesting statistics from a materials handler within a manufacturing or warehouse facility; taking walking speed of 3km/h, of an 8-hours work shift, assuming 50% movement, this materials handler would have walked 12 km, with the rest of time, likely to be loading and unloading materials of standing positions. This is more than fatigue of mentioning, of the same labour utilization, could this person be deployed into skills technical value-add operations or supervisory roles into complex systems operations within the manufacturing plant? The Autonomous Technology is ready for this type of deployment as of today’s state-of-the-art; it will help companies deploy valuable human capital of at least 10% into other areas of human resource constraints.

Security, Surveillance and Perimeter Patrol – Another area of deployment of this set of technologies, with human resource focusing on the real-analysis of risk and threat at HQ command-n-control, while leaving the “walking” to autonomous devices for area and perimeter coverage; for example, sending “live” on-site video-feed on areas of scanning.

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Technology Category
  • Mobility
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Assembly / Automation / Robotics
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 4