Many distances in cities can comfortably be covered by bicycle, on foot and by public transport. However, if large or heavy goods need to be transported, using a car often seems unavoidable.
In the UrbANT research project, whose acronym stands for the development of an urban, automated, user-oriented (in German “nutzerorientiert”) transport platform, ten research and industry partners from Germany are designing, manufacturing and testing three electrically driven micromobility devices that travel at up to 6 km/h on pavements. On the one hand, UrbANT will allow pedestrians to comfortably transport large and heavy goods while interacting safely, reliably and intuitively with the user as well as following them automatically. On the other hand, UrbANT will move autonomously to reach its next destination on their own or act as an autonomous last mile delivery system. Three different hut structures enable the transport of different goods, from small packages over bulky suitcases to groceries, while the vehicles communicate with their users and passers-by via a newly developed HMI system.
All information about the project and its research topics, current news and publications as well as an overview of the partners can be found on this page.
Here you can find the latest news about the UrbANT project. You can find more articles by clicking on the button below.
Second Digital Consortium Meeting - Project Month 24
To launch the final year of the project, the UrbANT consortium met once again digitally together with the project management organization of the VDI | VDE-IT for a second consortium meeting. Jointly hosted by DITF and Innovationsmanufaktur, it gave all project partners the opportunity to present their interim results of the last few months and to jointly define the common goals for the remaining 12 months. With the completion and operational start-up of our three vehicles in the course of this summer, we are looking forward to the next big milestone!
Monday, 21 June 2021
OecherLab - UrbANT meets residents in virtual reality
In order to find answers to the urban challenges of a digital future, the city of Aachen opened, together with the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA), cowork AG and dialego AG, the OecherLab in the Kapuziner Karree at the Alter Posthof. Under the slogan "Come in, experience and #join in!", Aachen residents, innovation drivers, business, city administration and politics will have a central meeting place for science and urban society. The OecherLab invites all citizens to get to know innovative concepts and prototypes in the field of digitalization and to collaborate on innovative solutions.
Thursday, 01 April 2021
New online study on human robot interaction launched
A new online study as part of the UrbANT project has been launched. In this, test subjects will see a short clip of an interaction between a human and a delivery robot. Afterwards, they will be asked to evaluate this situation and answer further questions. The study in German-language will take a total of 10-15 minutes.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Here you can find the latest publications on the UrbANT project. Click on the button below for an overview of all publications.
A Theoretical and Empirical Reflection on Technology Acceptance Models of Autonomous Delivery Robots 2021-03-09 – 2021-03-11ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Boulder, Colorado, USA
Authors: Anna Abrams, Pia Dautzenberg, Carla Jakobowsky, Stefan Ladwig, Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten
In diesem Artikel werden aktuelle Technikakzeptanzmodelle, die den Fokus auf Nutzungsszenarien legen, vor dem Hintergrund autonomer Liefermodelle hinterfragt. Die Autorinnen und Autoren entwickeln das Konzept der Existenzakzeptanz (Existence Acceptance), das die Technikakzeptanz von zufällig anwesenden Personen betrachtet. Das Model wird in einer Online-Studie empirisch getestet und theoretisch diskutiert.
In this paper, current technology acceptance models with their focus on a use scenario are questioned for autonomous delivery models. The authors develop the concept of Existence Acceptance (EA) that addresses the technology acceptance of incidentally co-present persons. The model is empirically tested in an online study and theoretically discussed.
User-oriented transport solutions: An ergonomic investigation of two novel concepts 2021-07-25 – 2021-07-2912th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2021), New York, USA
Authors: Pia Dautzenbeg, Gudrun Voß, Lining Wand, Martin Reske, Christopher Brockmeier, Stefan Ladwig
Im Rahmen der 12th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2021) wird das ika die im August 2020 durchgeführte Ergonomiestudie im Rahmen eines Vortrags sowie einer Publikation präsentieren und im wissenschaftlichen Plenum diskutieren. Ziel der Studie war die Evaluation subjektiver und objektiver Ergonomie bei der Nutzung von verschiedenen UrbANT Prototypen zur Identifikation ergonomisch günstiger Konzeptelemente und Ableitung von Optimierungspotentialen.
The ika will present the ergonomics study conducted in August 2020 at the 12th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2021). The aim of the study was to evaluate subjective and objective ergonomics during the use of different UrbANT prototypes in order to identify ergonomically favorable concept elements and to derive optimization potentials.
Efficiency Analysis of Multi-Head Attention Models for Social Dynamics Prediction 2020-10-25 – 2020-10-29IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Las Vegas, USA
Authors: Ha Q. Ngo, Christoph Henke, Frank Hees
Unser Forschungsziel ist es, die Probleme des dynamischen Umgebungsverständnisses für die Navigation von Servicerobotern an sozialen Standorten zu untersuchen. In diesem Artikel wird eine Effizienzanalyse von Muti-head Attention für die Vorhersage der sozialen Dynamik in Echtzeit auf begrenzter Computerhardware vorgestellt.
"Our research aim is, to investigate the problems of dynamic environment understanding for service robot navigation in social areas. This paper presents an efficiency analysis of multi-head attention models for real-time social dynamics prediction on limited computational hardware.
The UrbANT consortium consists of ten German research institutes and industry partners. Detailed information about all partners and their tasks in the project can be found by clicking on the logos and the button below.