On behalf of Germany’s Federal Workplace for Bundeswehr Gear, Info Know-how and In-Service Help (BAAINBw), Rheinmetall is at present conducting the InterRoC analysis and expertise undertaking. The abbreviation stands for Interoperable Robotic Convoy. Within the final weeks, the spectacular capabilities of this high-tech strategy to autonomous driving had been on show at two exceptional occasions. As a part of its Autonomous Floor Resupply (AGR) undertaking, the US Military makes use of the identical A-kits in its Oshkosh vans that Rheinmetall makes use of for InterRoC. This makes blended US-German convoys attainable. This was examined in an operational demonstration (OPDEMO) from 26 September to 7 October on the US Military’s Grafenwöhr Coaching Space in Bavaria. The intensive preparations paid off, with the primary two-vehicle convoy already on the transfer the second day. Throughout these two weeks, a convoy consisting of 5 automobiles examined each conceivable working mode of the system in a number of variants. Within the course of, 1,051 km had been pushed autonomously. It’s value noting that your complete convoy overcame a gradient of 40 %, with the A-Package working the differential locks. Moreover, the automobiles had been in a position to function repeatedly for over 75 minutes with out handbook intervention. The utmost convoy size was 1,100 metres.

The InterRoC undertaking encompasses two HX2 navy vans from Rheinmetall, every geared up with an autonomy package, and which alternate in accordance with the leader-follower precept. With this precept, the primary car is all the time pushed manually, whereas the pursuit truck (or vans) drives autonomously in its path. These are manned solely by a backup driver, who can intervene in case of a malfunction. Right here, it isn’t simply the so-called major features, similar to steering and accelerating, which can be controllable; secondary features like beginning the engine, the lights, differential locks, and so forth., are as nicely. The present undertaking makes use of an autonomy package (A-Package) furnished by the German authorities, and initially supplied by the US authorities below a undertaking settlement. Rheinmetall’s position within the programme contains modifying the essential automobiles and integrating the autonomy perform, along with commissioning and testing. Dynamic reconfiguration of the convoy proved attainable with minimal idle time. All in all, the assessments turned out to be an entire success for everybody concerned, leading to quite a few priceless findings.


In early summer season 2022, within the presence of German authorities officers, InterRoC automobiles had already taken half within the worldwide European Land Robotic Trial (ELROB) occasion. ELROB is Europe’s hardest area check for unmanned techniques. It’s an open, multinational competitors within the realm of robotics, sensors and autonomy, drawing members from universities in addition to civilian trade and the defence sector. It takes place each two years at a navy set up. This 12 months’s occasion was held at an train space close to Vienna, 30 Could to three June. Individuals need to take care of numerous eventualities and overcome a number of challenges, conceived in shut cooperation with navy customers. Completion of the duties is evaluated by a group of consultants. Taking part for the primary time with the InterRoC analysis and expertise undertaking within the occasion’s Convoying class, Rheinmetall’s small group took second place, ending behind the College of the Bundeswehr in Munich. This 12 months’s challenges strained the desired capabilities of the automobiles and A-Package alike, however the artistic Rheinmetall group, strengthened by colleagues from RMMV Austria, largely succeeded in overcoming these. Along with the evaluated eventualities, Rheinmetall additionally carried out an autonomous driving presentation for a throng of guests on the check website. The automobiles clearly captured the gang’s creativeness and proved extremely standard.