Danfoss in autonomous technology partnership
By Mike Brezonick13 July 2021
Danfoss Power Solutions (DPS) said it has partnered with Carnegie Robotics, a provider of advanced robotics sensors and systems for agriculture, mining, infrastructure, mobile and energy industry applications. The partnership is intended to strengthen the DPS portfolio of autonomous products and solutions for off-highway applications. No financial or contractual information was provided.
“Autonomy is part of the solution to global megatrends such as urbanization, digitalization, electrification, climate change, limited food supply, population growth and a younger workforce,” said Peter Bleday, Danfoss Power Solutions’ head of Autonomous Vehicles. “We’re extremely excited to partner with a respected world leader in autonomous technologies like Carnegie Robotics. We anticipate a strong, long-lasting relationship as we move into the future of autonomous vehicles.”
Enhancing XM100 controller platform
Danfoss Power Solutions said its first autonomous vehicle controller, the XM100 and its Plus+1 software platform will help machine manufacturers increase precision and autonomous performance through integrated technology and support from Carnegie Robotics. As part of the partnership, Carnegie will provide an advanced inertial navigation and pose estimation system that will be embedded into Danfoss Power Solutions’ XM100 autonomous controller. The high-processing power hardware platform will allow machine manufacturers to take the first step into autonomy, Danfoss Power Solutions said.
Carnegie Robotics has more than a decade of commercial experience developing position, perception and navigation systems. The system will also be included in the Danfoss Plus+1 software platform, which allows programmers to build autonomous machine functionality by using and fine-tuning pre-programmed function blocks, aimed at saving development time. The system addition and partnership with Carnegie Robotics will elevate the entire solution through increased precision and the ability to automate machines with the Plus+1 Autonomy Control Library, Danfoss Power Solutions said.
By partnering, the two companies said they intend to answer the need for autonomous solutions to improve operator situational awareness, precision and productivity across multiple industries, from specialty agriculture in California to mining in Australia.
“Carnegie Robotics is proud to partner with Danfoss, and we are excited to collaborate on the design and delivery of cutting-edge autonomous building blocks which will enable a wide variety of machine capabilities in various industries,” said John Bares, president and CEO of Carnegie Robotics. “It is an exciting time where we are witnessing rapid improvements in both operator awareness and automation capabilities. We are enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges that Danfoss brings to the table. Danfoss will push our company to a new level.”