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Metron Autility

The cooperative research project AUTILITY deals with the automation of work and transport tasks in two different application areas - surface treatment and air freight transport - and has taken an important step forward! 

The AUTILITY project is supported by AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH, blue danube airport Linz, TTTech Computertechnik AG and Reform-Werke Bauer & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H., the company that has been founded. The aim of the AUTILITY project is to research, develop and demonstrate key technologies that enable automated transport and work processes. 

Surface treatment: The use of the REFORM Metron for the automated treatment of demarcated surfaces represents an area of application for the AUTILITY concept. The flexible equipment with attachments such as a sweeping brush or a mower allows the use of the vehicle platform for different tasks. 

Air freight transport: The automation of a transport task in the air freight sector represents a further application case within the project. Specifically, the system is used to automatically cover the distance between the air freight depot and the apron of Linz Airport in the form of a transport train. 

The project has now taken a decisive step forward. After many hours of development and research work, the complete sensor system is now based on the REFORM Metron P48 RC. The system consists of a LIDAR sensor, 2 stereo cameras and various additional sensors. The challenge lies in the fusion of the various sensors, the interpretation of this data and the resulting commands to the vehicle.

In the coming weeks and months, the system will be subjected to intensive tests and coordination measures.