Woodside: Improving safety and logistics efficiency with autonomous vehicles

August 31st, 2018

Increasing efficiency and safety in logistics by using autonomous vehicles ensures limited dependency on human operations under hazardous conditions.

Woodside and the Robotics and Autonomous System Group at CSIRO Data61 have recently initiated a collaborative exchange to automate a John Deere Gator platform, enabling it to autonomously navigate on a Woodside site.

The Autonomous Ground Vehicle for Infrastructure Inspection and Monitoring project will tailor an existing John Deere platform to navigate autonomously onsite, moving safely from and to any desired location while understanding the implications of such technology in operation as well as the process of technology adoption.

According to Dr Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay from CSIRO Data61, “the key benefits of the project are increased safety, by developing the capability to perform 24×7 monitoring and transportation; and increased efficiency in logistics, by using driverless vehicles with limited dependency on human operations in hazardous conditions”.

The Robotics and Autonomous System Group is extremely well positioned to deliver this type of project given its high TRL (Technology Readiness Level) capability in the area, as well as a highly skilled team which includes world class researchers and engineers who are experts in SLAM, navigation and systems integration.

Having the ability to demonstrate a suite of technologies to navigate on road, semi-industrial as well as agricultural domains, the Group is open to partnerships and collaborations for research, development, and commercialisation.

For more information, contact  Dr Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay.