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Freight Urban RoBOTic vehicle

Objective

The project proposes novel concept architectures of light-duty, full-electrical vehicles for efficient sustainable urban freight transport and will develop FURBOT, a vehicle prototype, to factually demonstrate the performances expected.
The main paradigms of the new vehicle design are: energy efficiency, sustainability, mobility dexterity, modularity, intelligent automated driving and freight handling robotization. The design approach is oriented to harmonically integrate the new features into the vehicle architectures, based on the knowledge of advanced technologies in the field of the electric power supply and drive trains, in wheel motors, lightweight high strength materials, perceptual systems and intelligent controls.
FURBOT will present new frame-platform structure, new efficient power supply and drive train layout including X-by wire transmission, new robotic tools for freights manipulation, new internal state sensorial/monitoring system and new perceptual/automated control functions.
The vehicle architecture is conceived modularly. The payload is considered packaged in freights boxes or ISO pallets. Attention will be paid to the modularity and standardization of components as well as to safety issues about crashworthiness and EMI/EMC, radiation health impact issues.
A great effort will be devoted to improve the energy efficiency of the system by exploiting different aspects: a new power train layout integrated in the chassis; new battery and energy management system; last generation lightweight, direct drive electric motors; regenerative braking on the four driving wheels; reduced mass; attentive use of power addressed by the driver assistant or operating within the automated driving module.
The FURBOT represents a transport agent that can be used by alone but that better exploits its power if used in a fleet offering a new sustainable and very adaptable (evolvable) urban freight transport system. The system will be modeled and a simulator developed.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 232 000
Administrative Contact
Francesca Lombardi (Ms.)

Participants (7)

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 393 539
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fawzi Nashashibi (Dr.)
BREMACH INDUSTRIE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 371 400
Address
Corso Magenta 27
25100 Brescia Bs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guido Sacchetto (Mr.)
ZTS VYSKUMNO-VYVOJOVY USTAV KOSICE AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 214 629
Address
Juzna Trieda 95
041 24 Kosice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Vargovcik (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 691 680,07
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Molfino Rezia (Prof.)
PERSICO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 228 660
Address
Via Follereau 4
24027 Nembro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Bergamelli (Dr.)
Mazel Ingenieros, SOCIEDAD ANONIMA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 72 952,93
Address
Avenida Can Amat 8
08630 Abrera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Gonzalez (Mr.)
MUNICIPIO DO BARREIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 65 100
Address
Rua Miguel Bombarda
2834-005 Barreiro
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nuno Ferreira (Mr.)