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Danfoss Demonstrates DAVIS - New Autonomous Vehicle System

The Danfoss Autonomous Vehicle Integration System (DAVIS) will integrate autonomous functionalities into virtually any kind of off-highway vehicle.

January 16, 2018
The Danfoss Autonomous Vehicle Integration System enables autonomous characteristics to machines.

Danfoss Power Solutions recently debuted DAVIS and its ground-breaking autonomous capabilities with a technology demonstration at AGRITECHNICA in Hanover, Germany.

The Danfoss Autonomous Vehicle Integration System (DAVIS) is a flexible technology solution that will allow OEMs to add autonomous characteristics to their off-highway machines.

Danfoss already has the capability to introduce some autonomous functions, such as remote control steering, to off-highway vehicles. However, DAVIS is different.

DAVIS integrates Danfoss’s extensive application knowledge in hydraulics, electronics, sensors and cloud-based command interfaces to create an autonomous system. Danfoss is one of the first companies to utilize autonomous technologies in the off-highway market. With that experience and knowledge base, Danfoss Power Solutions will partner with its customers and utilize their machine design expertise to refine DAVIS’s capabilities.

“DAVIS has been an exploration project for Danfoss. We started on this journey with the intention of learning exactly what our customers need and how we can partner with them through the right products, systems and support as we move into an autonomous age,” said Allan Hermanni, Senior Director of Portfolio and Innovation at Danfoss Power Solutions.

“The technology for autonomous vehicles is already there. What we want to do is fine-tune how sensors work with the technology and add value,” Hermanni said. “To continue to do this, we want to start a dialogue with our customers — to share our knowledge but also to learn from them. They are the ones building the machines, and we want to make sure we’re developing the right solutions for their most pressing needs.”

This is what Danfoss suggests DAVIS can do when added to existing equipment:

  • Connectivity — DAVIS is connected to a cloud-based command interface, which is used for controls and data analytics. This allows for operator flexibility to can control the machine from anywhere, as well as insights into how to improve machine uptime and productivity.
  • Path planning — The machine can determine its most efficient path with localized algorithms, rather than through a cloud-based service. It factors in local maps to identify drivable areas and continuously evaluates local driving conditions.
  • Obstacle detection — DAVIS uses multiple sensors to detect both stationary and active obstacles in its path and updates the machine’s path accordingly. Through this function, the machine can track multiple moving objects at a time, increasing safety and productivity.
  • Sensor fusion — Multiple sensors are used in the DAVIS system to combine both global and local positioning data, resulting in a more accurate location reading. This increases productivity of the driving and work functions of the machine.
  • Intelligent Control — Multiple levels of machine control interface seamlessly through one common platform. The core of DAVIS’s functionality was built on the proven and easy-to-use PLUS+1 platform from Danfoss. OEMs can successfully leverage years of machine expertise from Danfoss with added sensor integration. The PLUS+1 platform also allows for easy integration and design flexibility.

Source: Danfoss


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