Autonomous Mobile Machine Communication for Off-Road Applications

Co-funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

AMMCOA project page

Duration: April 2017 – March 2020

Operation of machines for agriculture and construction is more and more resembling complex industrial processes, accompanied by higher demands for efficiency, precision and safety. Partial or – in future scenarios – full automation of tasks performed by these machines promises further enhancements in terms of quality and efficiency. While sharing similarities with envisioned scenarios for autonomous operation of passenger cars, a key characteristic of agricultural and construction environments is rough terrain and consequently a lack of precise digital maps or other means of accurate self-localization. However, this functionality is crucial for future application scenarios.

The objective of AMMCOA is to develop a mobile, infrastructure-less wireless 5G networking solution, which satisfies the requirements of tactile communication (e.g. low latency). It will be capable of embedding itself into existing 5G mobile network infrastructure as a dynamic application-specific extension. Additionally, a highly accurate integrated localization system will target the specific requirements of agriculture and construction.

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute contributes to the development of the required air interfaces, particularly a high-rate mm-wave interface with integrated ranging and localization functionality.