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.
Successful completion of construction phase of shopping set up
In line with the UrbANT project, easy2cool GmbH is responsible for the shopping set up.
It concerns an autonomously driving robot which is able to transport shopping goods right at door-step. Due to the direct user interaction, particular attention is turned on the conception of an ap-propriate ergonomics which has been evaluated through several examinations and studies by pro-ject partner ika.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Foldable body structure
After successful concept development, DITF is in the process of manufacturing individual components of the UrbANT- Folding body structure. Recently, the rolling door has been finished using tapelaying process. Subsequent to the tapelaying process, stiff thermoplastic high-performance carbon fibre tapes were compression molded together with a flexible thermoplastic film.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
The first prototype of the UrbANT battery system in operation
The first prototype of the Li-ion battery system that was specially developed for the UrbANT is going through its initial commissioning with the corresponding tests.
The highlights of the system are:
- 24 V / 70 Ah produce an energy content of 1.7 kWh, which are accommodated in a space of only 5.7 litres (volumetric energy density thus results to 310 Whl-1); that became possible by using the high-performance cell INR-21700M50A from the manufacturer and Li-ion pioneer E-One Moli in the new 21700 design and by the clever use of the available space.
- Cutting-edge BMS (battery management system) in a decentralized design, consisting of an analog front end, high-performance controller and semiconductor switchgear.
- Industrial standard CANopen interface for secure communication and transmission of all relevant battery data with and to the vehicle control computer.
Thursday, 12 August 2021
Here you can find the latest publications on the UrbANT project. Click on the button below for an overview of all publications.
Investigation of different communication strategies for a delivery robot: the positive effects of humanlike communication styles 2021-08-08 – 2021-08-1230th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Vancouver, Kanada,
Authors: P.S.C. Dautzenberg (M. Sc.), Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika); Dr. phil. G.M.I. Voß, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika); Dr. phil. S. Ladwig, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika); Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. A. M. Rosenthal-von der Pütten, Lehrstuhl für Technik und Individuum (iTec)
Im Rahmen der 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) präsentierte und diskutierte das ika die Ergebnisse einer Onlinestudie im Rahmen eines Vortrags sowie einer Publikation. Ziel der Studie war die subjektive Evaluation N = 9 verschiedener Kommunikationsstrategien hinsichtlich der nutzerseitig wahrgenommenen Kompetenz, Wärme, Komforts und Präferenz. Bezüglich der Kommunikationsstrategien wurde u.a. der Grad des Anthropomorphismus, das Geschlecht sowie die Modalität variiert.
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.
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.