In the field of autonomy and robotics, IndX corporate partners Husqvarna Group, Toyota Material Handling, Saab, and Väderstad AB are united in their pursuit of innovative solutions. They are looking for solutions to enhance perception and diagnostics in both challenging outdoor environments and indoor facilities for the IndX Autonomy and Robotics day in April.
These advancements are aimed at improving the interaction between machines and humans. For instance; Väderstad’s machinery, designed to operate behind a tractor, must be capable of performing more tasks autonomously in the absence of a human driver. Similarly, the focus for Toyota Material Handling’s forklifts, Husqvarna Group’s auto mowers, and Saab’s aircrafts, among other products, is on enhancing autonomous solutions as well as the machine-to-human interface.
What IndX corporate partners are looking for within autonomy and robotics:
Husqvarna Group – “Perception in challenging outdoor environments”
In all Husqvarna Group’s sectors, there is a growing emphasis on autonomy. They are continually searching innovative ideas to navigate and interact within challenging outdoor environments effectively.
Väderstad – “Machine autonomy in the absence of a driver”
To enable autonomous agriculture, it’s essential to employ intelligent technologies that can not only identify and predict component failures but also optimize farming operations and assess the condition of soil and crops.
Väderstad is looking for solutions that could help them anticipate these challenges through predictive maintenance and data-driven diagnostics. Machine learning models will be placed to sift through data to detect potential issues, while model-based diagnostics will be used to identify any irregularities in machinery behavior.
Saab – “Autonomous operations on air, sea and land”
Autonomy: Saab is always looking to advance in airborne autonomy, focusing on collaborative autonomous agents’ real-time mission capabilities through observation, reasoning, decision-making, and action. Key areas include sensor data analysis for situational awareness, self-monitoring, comprehensive situation assessment, and adaptive mission planning based on success probabilities and risk management.
Robotics: Operating ground equipment autonomously is an interesting opportunity for future aero-operations.This can be in the form of automated pushbacks, supported taxiing or an autonomous refueling and reloading capability at a remote operating base. While an all-in-one solution is ideal, Saab seeks any technologies that contribute to autonomous ground equipment’s development.
Toyota Material Handling – “Beyond coexistence: collaboration machine-human”
Toyota Material Handling’s autonomous products, including forklifts, often interact with humans. The goal is not to replace human labor but to foster a collaborative working relationship between humans and machines. This requires systems that are intelligent enough to recognize and adapt to the nuances of human interaction. Ensuring efficient and safe interactions between humans and robots is one of oTMHE’s most significant challenges for the future.