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Porsche Challenge: Autonomous Transport of Assembled Sports Cars within Production

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Posted July 26, 2019

Porsche, the Seeker for this Challenge, is looking for novel ideas and concepts for a system to autonomously transport assembled vehicles, including sports cars with low ground clearance, between operating sites within a factory. Solutions must take the operating environment factors into consideration such as surfaces, ramps, path width/curve radii, outdoor usage, etc.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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Overview

Advanced technologies have entered every phase of production for automotive manufacturers, including raw material delivery, automated assembly, and work-in-process movements between manufacturing cells. Currently, manufacturers have also extended their focus into the post assembly phase in their production line where assembled cars are transported to different testing and finishing sites within the factory.

Although there are existing products that can autonomously transport assembled vehicles, they are not suitable for Porsche’s production line due to certain restrictions on vehicles as well as the infrastructure conditions. Thus, Porsche is looking for novel ideas and concepts to autonomously transport assembled vehicles within a production site. The ideal solution can autonomously pick-up, move and put-down assembled cars in different areas, navigate in human workplaces, and integrate with automatic testing stations without manual interaction.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 22-Sep-2019.

About the Seeker

Porsche is a German manufacturer of sports cars headquartered in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. It was founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche. Since then, Porsche has established itself as one of the most profitable automobile manufacturers in the world. In the year 2018, Porsche delivered 256.255 vehicles of the Porsche models 911, Cayenne, Macan, Panamera, 718 Boxster and Cayman models to customers worldwide. In September 2019 Porsche is revealing its first pure electric vehicle, the Taycan.

Source: InnoCentive

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