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MALTA - Multiple Autonomous forklifts for Loading and Transportation Applications

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Achim Lilienthal

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The purpose of the MALTA project was to develop a demonstrator platform for a fully autonomous fork-lift truck that handles heavy products in an industrial setting. The truck should be able to work safely together with other autonomous trucks and with manually driven trucks.

A goal of the project was that the autonomous trucks should be able to operate safely in an environment with other trucks and with people. They should be able to pick up (load) products, unload and store them in containers or train wagons. The trucks should be able to do this with a speed that is comparable to the speed of trucks driven by humans.

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