TruckTrix® Coop (OrchesTruck)


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Trajectory Coordination and Disturbance Handling

Thanks to its modular architecture, the helyOS® Control Tower framework offers seamless integration of state-of-the-art motion planning algorithms. TruckTrix® Path provides highly precise tracks to navigate even complex articulated vehicles through narrow passages.

TruckTrix® Coop goes one step further and optimizes the operation of mobile machines at fleet level. By applying the innovative OrchesTruck algorithm, it solves the fundamental challenge of coordinating multiple robots following their individual paths in a shared workspace. By using latest techniques in robotics research complemented with support for complex vehicle structures, robot travel times are minimized and mutual collisions are avoided. This makes TruckTrix® Coop the ideal planning service for automating trucks in logistics hubs, seaports, and other premises with limited space.

But what if precisely coordinated trajectories cannot be executed as planned due to dynamic obstacles or interaction with non-automated traffic? Relax! TruckTrix®-Coop features the SAFESTOP algorithm developed by Fraunhofer IVI and TU Dresden, which aims to minimize the impact of disturbances on the overall system performance by quickly maneuvering affected vehicles out of shared intersections. Thus, the consistency of other planned trajectories is maintained and affected vehicles can wait for updated plans or obstacle clearance.

Use Cases and Application Examples

  • Coordination of multiple trucks with complex vehicle geometries in logistics hubs
  • Predictive obstacle avoidance along planned trajectories using live maps
  • Multi-robot coordination in shared workspaces
  • Coordination of machine fleets on agricultural fields

What is in the Box?

TruckTrix®-Coop is offered as a webservice and can be integrated seamlessly into the helyOS® Control Tower framework.

Our simulation framework for distributed virtual agents helps deploy the software and enables testing in realistic scenarios. It features a 3D world simulation including simulated sensor data in Gazebo and kinematic co-simulation for complex vehicle combinations.