KUKA.NavigationSolution enables autonomous navigation of mobile platforms – with no risk of collision and without the need for artificial markings. The software acquires all the data from the safety laser scanners and wheel sensors and uses them to create a corresponding map of the surroundings by means of the SLAM method (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). The system responds to changes in the environment – which occur frequently in a flexible logistics system. The use of virtual tracks makes it possible to move the platform exclusively along defined routes.
KUKA.NavigationSolution includes all components needed for autonomous vehicle navigation.
KUKA offers an Eclipse-based development environment that can be used to program applications in Java. The modular Java API with suitable interfaces for the requirements of mobile robotics allows the integration of third-party software. The existing platform fleets can be simply updated, and other platforms can be added to or removed from the existing system.
KUKA.NavigationSolution offers the following options for high-precision positioning of the mobile platform in its environment:
Simple, intuitive and graph-based navigation
The hardware-independent navigation software of KUKA.NavigationSolution can be used for different platform kinematic systems. It can handle any motion principles, including holonomic vehicles with Mecanum wheels, such as the KUKA omniMove. The machine parameters are configured via a standardized interface.
Additional features, such as object recognition and tracking and relative positioning, enable coordinated planning.