MTi-Series GNSS/INS Motion Trackers from Xsens provide accurate 3D positioning in DG World’s AI-based software solutions, integrated into a fleet of Autonomous Trucks at Jebel Ali port
Enschede, The Netherlands – June 19, 2020 – A ground-breaking deployment of autonomous vehicle technology by DP World, the operator of the Jebel Ali container port in Dubai, is to demonstrate the performance and reliability of technology provided by Xsens, the manufacturer of motion-tracking sensors, supporting DGWorld, a manufacturer of artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous and robotic vehicle systems.
Global ports operator DP World and DGWorld have announced a contractual agreement providing for the conversion of a fleet of Autonomous Internal Terminal Vehicles (AITVs) at Jebel Ali, the largest port in the Middle East, to fully autonomous operation.
The AITVs will use vehicle control technology from DGWorld. The DGWorld system is utilizing a sensor fusion approach, based on LIDAR and Radar, for object detection and environment awareness, an MTi-Series (industrial Motion Tracker) sensor from Xsens to support their simultaneous localization and mapping (3D SLAM) function, and AI-based real-time decision-making software.
The MTi-Series from Xsens combines a GNSS satellite receiver and an inertial navigation system (INS) in a robust, industrial-grade package. This enables DP World’s AITVs to accurately track their position and navigate the AITVs, even when GNSS satellite signals cannot be received properly. This is an important capability when operating in a container port, since the AITVs will navigate through narrow corridors between tall stacks of containers which block the GNSS signals.
The deployment of fully autonomous ITVs offers numerous benefits to DP World, such as:
- Safer operation – the autonomous ITVs’ high-resolution LiDAR sensors and Radars reliably detect and avoid people and objects. Speed measurements from the MTi’s GNSS receiver enable the software system to precisely control the ITV’s speed and the integrated Xsens IMU optimizes continuously the vehicle driving performance.
- Higher efficiency – the autonomous ITVs can operate 24/7, and their routing and operation can be optimized through the application of DGWorld´s Fleet Management software.
Matthias Krause, General Manager of DGWorld, said: ‘The DGWorld autonomous control system is specially designed to match the driving dynamics of heavy industrial vehicles such as the container trucks to be converted for Jebel Ali port. The accuracy and output data rate of the Xsens MTi are perfect for this application. The sensor fusion capabilities of the Xsens motion tracker have also been helpful in the development of the DGWorld autonomous technology: whether performing georeferencing via satellite positioning or via INS, the MTi maintains a stable, consistent and high-frequency output.’
“Xsens is honoured to be selected by DGWorld to support this autonomous vehicle project and take it from concept to reality. This shows the advantages of using the Xsens MTi-series GNSS/INS, with reliable sensor fusion algorithms developed in 20 years of Xsens existence, for real-time operation of industrial AGVs/UGVs in difficult circumstances”, Meindert Zeeuw, Xsens Sales Director ISM EMEA, added.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Xsens is a leading innovator in 3D motion tracking solutions, developing inertial sensor modules and solutions with nearly 20 years of experience in high-performance sensor fusion, filtering and calibration technologies, based on the latest miniature MEMS sensor technology. Its solutions are applied in industrial applications and consumer devices, e.g. to support control & stabilization of autonomous and unmanned vehicles/systems, but also for real-time 3D character animation and analysis of human motion.
Clients and partners include Sonardyne, AutonomouStuff, Racelogic, NVIDIA, Leica Geosystems, Honeywell, Clearpath Robotics, NASA, DLR, Kaarta, ABB, Siemens, and other leading research institutes worldwide.
Xsens is part of mCube, the provider of the world’s smallest and lowest power MEMS motion sensors, key enablers for the Internet of Moving Things.
Xsens has offices in Enschede, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangalore. On the web at https://www.xsens.com.
DGWorld develops products and solutions using the most advanced form of AI automation and advanced robotics systems as part of the concept of Industry 4.0 and the deployment of AI based Software to increase the performance of their customers.
DGWorld has stimulated development in the field of AI and robotics technologies, from self-driving automobiles to operating robotics systems by voice command to AI-powered server configurations and converting smart cities to the next level of robotic cities.
DGWorld is constantly evolving and are working on strategic projects with various government entities. Clients also represent various industries, from all types of industrial manufacturing, aviation, transportation, logistics, construction, health care, security, entertainment, media, education, and customer care to ports.
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