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An important focus is our broad spectrum of diverse navigation technologies. These basic technologies are among our core competencies and are thus firmly in our own hands.
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Reliable, flexible navigation with high precision

Different areas of application require individual navigation and localization technologies. Through our years of experience, we have the expertise of all market-relevant navigation types in house and offer the coordinated solution for your area of application. From track guided to autonomous we can connect your system with the help of our technologies to increase efficiency and flexibility.

Navigation types


Autonomous navigation

Autonomous navigating vehicles determine the lane independently and act reactively on sensor data. This enables them to avoid obstacles and react flexibly to different situations.

Excerpt of possible areas of application:

  • Healthcare, hospitals
  • Order picking
  • Small parts transport
  • Area linking
  • Production supply/disposal
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Choosing the right technology

We know from experience that the choice of the right navigation technology is crucial for reliable function and thus for availability. Thanks to our many years of activity, a wide variety of localization types are available, which can also be combined with each other if required.


Contour Based Localization

Laser localization with natural landmarks does not require any additional sensors in the vehicle. The central element is the laser scanner already available for personal safety, which is simultaneously used for position determination with this technology. The system easily tolerates other vehicles, people or other dynamic objects in the scanning area. To further increase accuracy, for example in the area of transfer stations, this technology can easily be combined with artificial landmarks.


Laser localization

Laser localization uses a laser scanner to detect artificial landmarks in the environment. For this purpose, retroreflective foils are attached to the walls and columns which can be precisely measured by the rotating laser beam even over larger distances. At least 3 marks must be visible at any time so that the position and direction can be determined exactly by means of triangulation.


Magnet localization

Artificial marks (magnetic points) in the ground are used as additional support points for localization. The position of the vehicle is determined by dead reckoning. This requires both precise recording of the odometry data and the bearing of the magnets embedded in the ground at regular intervals.


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The navigation system guides the transport vehicle safely to its destination. To do this, it uses a suitable localization system to determine the vehicle's own position and then follows the path to the destination using path planning.

In lane-guided navigation, the lanes are planned in advance as virtual guidelines. The vehicle follows the manually planned lane exactly and takes the specified traffic rules into account. Precise planning brings out the maximum efficiency and thus solutions for transfer points with high throughput of material can be realized.

Unlike lane-guided systems with physical or virtual guidance, autonomous navigation can independently determine the route to the destination. To do this, the vehicle makes use of the numerous sensors on the vehicles, which record the working environment at all times. Obstacles can be avoided and the flexibility of the system is increased.

Vehicles from DS Automotion are always capable of both autonomous navigation and lane-guided navigation with manually planned guidelines. Autonomous functions are used where flexibility is required. At bottlenecks or transfer points with high throughput, maximum efficiency can be realized by manual planning of lanes and traffic rules.

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With almost 40 years of experience, we can draw on a broad portfolio of navigation and localization options. Above all, we also know where which solution fits best.

Andreas Richtsfeld | DS AUTOMOTION

Andreas Richtsfeld

Head of Technology and Development

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