.objective Software introduced teleoperated driving for the first time. The company presented a remote-controlled passenger car at the Vodafone Innovation Days 2017. These took place on the 24th and 25th October 2017 at the Vodafone Campus in Düsseldorf.
.objective Software has been working on teleoperated driving since November 2016. Just under a year later, the first prototypes were presented at the Vodafone Innovation Days in Düsseldorf. In concrete terms, this means: .objectives teleoperated vehicle made its rounds on a car park in Düsseldorf, while visitors drove it from the 18th floor of the Vodafone Campus. The guests of the Vodafone Innovation Days experienced the technology via multiple Full-HD video streams, which blurred the boundaries between simulation and reality.
Thanks to state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, .objective Software created a strong connection between the car and the control center that enables real-time control of the car. In addition, we use the latest sensor technology to convert production vehicles into fully-fledged teleoperated vehicles. In this manner, we anticipate the significant changes in mobility.
For the prototype, we worked on a BMW i3, which we also used for the demonstration at Vodafone. However, we are not limited to the make or model. Theoretically, any vehicle could be teleoperated with our technology – even heavy machines such as cranes or trucks.
Concrete applications for teleoperated driving already exist today: in construction, logistics or public safety. But the end consumer also benefits from teleoperation, for example in car sharing or valet parking.
At the Vodafone Innovation Days 2017, however, we demonstrated the technology for the time being. Our “TeleOp” drove at a speed of up to 30 km/h on the Düsseldorf parking deck.
Of course, the speed and distance of the teleoperated vehicle can still be increased. Our goal is to make networked mobility possible today through teleoperated driving.