CargoAnts

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CARGOAnts
Cargo handling by Automated Next generation Transportation Systems
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General information
Category:Project
Category:Europe TNO
From 2013-09-01 to 2016-08-31 Ongoing
Contact
Cargo Ants official website [1]
Project Coordinator

Cargo-ANTs aims to create smart Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Automated Trucks (ATs) that can cooperate in shared workspaces for efficient and safe freight transportation in main ports and freight terminals. The project builds on an active dialog with customers, workforce and authorities to maximize acceptance and exploitation of the project results.

The project builds on an active dialog with costumers, workforce and authorities to maximize acceptance and exploitation of the project results.

Keypoints

  • Increase performance and throughput of freight transportation in main ports and freight terminals and maintain a high level of safety
  • Develop an automated shared work yard for intelligent AGVs and highly automated trucks (ATs)
  • Develop and demonstrate planning, decision, control and safety strategies for automated vehicles
  • Develop and demonstrate an environmental perception system and a positioning system independent of a ground-marker based guiding grid

Outcomes

The project aims to increase the performance and throughput, while guaranteeing safety, of freight transportation in main ports and terminals by developing and demonstrating automated next-generation transportation systems (ANTs).

  • Efficient, safe and sustainable transport within ports, terminals and between terminals.
  • Line up with developments in automotive industry on automation and communication.
  • Cost-effective, vehicle-based automation solutions to accelerate effectiveness and competitiveness of inland terminals.
  • Solution at ports and terminals supportive to the co- and synchro modality concept.
  • An approach that allows for a sustainable and reliable logistic chain in Europe that will strengthen Europe’s competitive edge in transport and logistics.
  • The prevention of damages caused by human error in the maneuvering of trucks at terminals.

Related Projects

Partners

  • TNO,Netherlands organization for Applied Scientific Research (Coordinator)
  • CSIC- Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
  • Högskolan i Halmstad – University
  • ICT Automatisering
  • VOLVO

Budget / Funding

Total Budget: € 3.922.630 / EU Contribution: € 2.496.751

Funded under the call: FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1

Topic: GC.SST.2013-7 - Technical and operational connectivity in intermodal freight transport

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