A larger variety of future truck models means new challenges for the truck industry. Chalmers automation researchers and Volvo Trucks collaborate in the Industry 4.0 (a.k.a. Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) project ViMCoR to develop technology that will allow a significant higher degree of truck variations on the same assembly line using AI.
New demands on renewable energy in transportation and the development of autonomous vehicles have made vehicle companies predict that their future number of variants will increase. Until now truck manufacturing has needed few assembly lines to produce all the companyís models. When hybrid, fully electric, fuel cell-based powertrains and different grades of autonomous vehicles get introduced, the lines will become crowded, and the different parts will be hard to fit next to the production. The ViMCoR project focuses on developing ATRs (Autonomous Transport Robots), that will support the line with parts from remote places and order new material when the AI system detects that more is needed. It is also building an AI system that will improve collaborative robotsí abilities to work side by side with humans at the assembly line.
The project is closed: 31/08/2021