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Safe Perception And Navigation for Autonomous Robots

Project description

Giving robots the ability to see the world as we do

Automated guided vehicles are the original mobile robot technologies. Advancing machine vision and navigation are paving the way for autonomous mobile robots, which are currently not able to operate in changing environments. These advances give robots the capabilities to see as humans do, and to adapt to different environments. This will allow robots to be used in a tremendous amount of new use cases. The EU-funded SPANAR project will fuse machine vision along with other sensor technologies. SPANAR increases the utilisation potential of mobile robots at a lower cost than existing solutions, whilst increasing safety. Specifically, it is a solution that allows mobile robots to operate in highly dynamic environments, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.


Mobile robotic automation is one of the fastest growing international markets. Applications are spread across a range of verticals including logistics, industrial, agricultural and maintenance industries, driven by the need to reduce costs for European providers to compete with alternatives in lower labour-cost areas.
Furthermore, with the digital transformation of the European economy while the effective workforce is aging and shrinking , there is a significant drive to increase productivity and quality of highly repetitive low-skilled jobs by robotics. The major challenge that impedes growth of the mobile robotics market is the ability to navigate around unmapped territory . Additional factors are high initial cost and public acceptance.

Safe Perception And Navigation for Autonomous Robots proposes a single module for safe and accurate navigation disrupting the mobile robotics market. SPANAR increases the mobile robots utilization potential at a lower cost than existing solution, whilst allowing for increased safety. Its unique combination of sensors and software opens up new markets, allowing for mobile robots in highly dynamic environments, in all-weather conditions, and with combined in- and outdoor functionality. To penetrate global markets, the module is sold to OEMs and tier 1 suppliers of mobile robotics through online sales and distribution. Manufacturing is done inhouse and through trustworthy partners capable of mass-production.

Avular will investigate four sub-markets in this feasibility study: warehousing automation, last-mile delivery, inspection & maintenance, and agricultural robotics.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
5651 GW Eindhoven

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Zuid-Nederland Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00