The KI4HE (AI-based Capabilities for Autonomous Vehicles in Humanitarian Operations) project aims to provide innovative digital foundations for teleoperated vehicles for humanitarian assistance and delivery of goods in unstructured environments.
In the two projects KI4HE and MaiSHU the work from the AHEAD project is continued and extended by modern technologies of environment perception, localization, semantic scene analysis, human-machine interface and teleoperation. In the KI4HE project, methods and technologies are being developed and implemented to enable semi-autonomous and remotely controlled SHERP vehicles to operate in a flooded and therefore difficult-to-access area by means of telepresence from a safe location. For this purpose, real-time monitoring of the vehicle's environment is implemented, and a representation of the situation is created to provide the operator in the safer control station with a clear overview of the overall situation. To protect humanitarian workers, teleoperation of vehicles will expand safe movement areas and enable organizations to deliver aid from a safe distance without risk to health. An important goal of the project is the presentation of the developed technologies and methods in a demonstrator. The innovative approaches developed in this project, such as environment perception, localization, semantic scene analysis, human-machine interface, and teleoperation, offer a broad intersection to autonomous driving and the digitization of traffic, respectively, and offer a high potential especially with respect to challenging situations in unstructured application areas.
The following work packages will be processed:
In addition to DLR, industry partners Roboception and SENSODRIVE work on technologies required for the safe and autonomous transport of food in crisis areas in the KI4HE project. The "Innovation Accelerator" of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which supports this project as an NGO in the extended project circle and foresees a useful implementation of the technology in an aid delivery program, provides the SHERP and ensures a continuous monitoring of the development from the user's point of view.