Research projects involving navigation in urban areas resulted in new approaches and algorithms.
Urban scenarios pose specific challenges, for example, dealing with large numbers of moving objects, like pedestrians and traffic.
Navigation is complicated by constrained options for allowed paths (sidewalks and crosswalks), challenging localization because of unstructured, changing environments (parked cars, construction sites), and the extensiveness of the covered area.
Have a look on this great short film about the autonomous Jetflyer Project! Team members from ARTI were part of that project. It was capable of delivering packages completely autonomously within the inner city area of Graz.
Below the resulting map of the Technical University of Graz and the inner city area of Graz can be viewed, as well as our prototype traveling fully autonomously around the campus.