Joint Project: FOLLOWme ILS

Intralogistic system with driverless transport system


In large companies, driverless transport systems (FTS) have been in use in production for many years. Induction loops across the floor lead the majority of FTS and run along fixed routes. This is how the risk of accidents is reduced. However, at the same time the flexibility is severely restricted, since induction loops are fixed installations, similar to rails. Thus, this project addresses this problem by developing technological foundations for three issues:

  • Developing a conceptually innovative, intelligent, mobile, and autonomous transport robot
  • Conceptualizing a safe interaction between humans and transport robots
  • Designing a new 3D model-based controlling, monitoring, and simulation system

This approach combines the collection, processing and interpretation of spatial information, providing 3D data and a safe man-machine-interaction in the fields of production, mechanical engineering, and mobility.

The smart FTS assistance system lightens the physical and cognitive burden of pickers: they can now avoid lifting the picking container and checking the picked articles. Besides technical solutions, the project contributes to tackling the challenges of demographic change by providing this kind of support.


Participating partners:

  • iFD GmbH
  • TU Chemnitz