The future availability of a personalized point-to-point service by self-driving cars is expected to change mobility behavior. However, the increasing automation in motorized individual traffic also carries the risk that many of today’s existing forms of sustainable transport, such as public transport, walking or cycling could be pushed back. The aim of TransportBuddy is to develop an autonomous vehicle that allows for transporting small goods or freight (e.g. purchases), thereby supporting footpaths and improving accessibility. The TransportBuddy shares the space with pedestrians and autonomously navigates its user to a certain destination. This personal assistant is applicable in public spaces and major infrastructures such as sidewalks, public spaces, shopping areas, railway stations, airports or shopping centers.
Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, TU Wien - Institute of Computer Aided Automation, Blue Danube Robotics GmbH, DS Automation GmbH
09.2016 – 09.2018
This project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) within the framework of the program "Future Mobility".