Autonomous Systems

Autonomous Systems

A system that can operate completely without an operator, is an autonomous system. The system is programmed to perform a specific task, considering all environment factors. Take for example the autonomous (self-driving) cars. The car is capable of sensing its environment and moving safely with little or no human input.

Autonomous systems are not only programmed to perform a specific task; sensors are being used, so that the system is part of the environment it is in. GPS can be used to help with navigation. There is also the possibility to use augmented reality, where information can be shown to drivers in new and innovative ways.

A lot of our past and current projects are about autonomous systems. We look at distributed systems now run by humans and explore the possibilities to make those systems autonomous, by a connected system and programmed routing.

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Related Projects

Drone Simulation

This video showcases the possibilites of simulating drones and other autonomous vehicles in a realistic setting. The team of Distribute uses this environment to test out distributed traffic control systems for autonomous fleet management.

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Warehouse & Factory Design

This project showcases the possibilites of simulating warehouses and factories to optimize the layout, processes, automated handling systems and storage. Automated systems such as AGVs and AS/RS are explictitely modelled and using simulation we are able to optimize your logistics flow in a warehouse or factory.

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Container Terminal

The team of Distribute developed a 3D simulation to assess the performance of distributed planning & control systems for Automated Guided Vehicles in a container terminal. An agent-based system was developed and implemented in the simulation to provide a scalable and robust solution for AGV fleet management.

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Autonomous Trailor Docking

The team of Distribute developed a 3D simulation to assess the impact of autonomous trailing docking at a distribution center. By means of autonomous terminal tractors, semi-trailers are shunted at the distribution center area. The simulation was used to test a planning & control system for a fleet of these autonomous vehicles, including dispatching, routing, traffic control and conflict avoidance.  

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