For Future-Oriented Mobility

Driving via Teleoperation

11. August 2022, 14:04 Uhr | Kathrin Veigel
Mira Rheinmetall Teleoperation
With Mira, the Düsseldorf-based technology group Rheinmetall is entering the field of future mobility with teleoperated driving.
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Mira, the newly founded subsidiary of the Rheinmetall Group, is paving the way for automated, driverless mobility. The Düsseldorf-based start-up wants to make this possible by means of teleoperation - the remote control of vehicles in public road traffic.

Mobility connectivity in rural areas, high traffic density in inner cities, sustainable freight transport and efficient supply chains are currently at the top of the public discourse. Driverless mobility concepts promise effective solutions for many of these acute challenges.

The current technical state of autonomous driving still requires human interaction in numerous edge situations. Such so-called "edge cases" can probably only be solved in the long term with a combination of human and artificial intelligence. Teleoperation provides the technical basis for this and already enables new sustainable mobility solutions to become reality.

Teleoperation for more sustainability, efficiency and productivity

Mira now wants to enable the spatial decoupling of driver and vehicle by means of teleoperation. This allows a vehicle to be controlled from any location via a driver's stand. Visual information of the current traffic situation, transmitted via a 4G/5G mobile network, allows the driver to operate this vehicle safely.

The start-up's teleoperation technology consists of a modular, scalable overall system of certified hardware and software that, according to the company, meets the highest requirements for functional safety and cyber security.

Mira technology is suitable for industries and companies that want to optimise their logistics and transport processes efficiently and securely. Starting with the control of on-demand shuttles, the on-demand supply and return of sharing vehicles to the monitoring and control of driverless vehicles in the operation of large fleets. It also provides operators of critical infrastructure and public transport providers with the basis for efficiently redesigning their logistics and mobility concepts.

Two use cases in particular lend themselves to teleoperation in public and industrial transport:

  • Teleoperation in self-driving (autonomous) vehicles: The teleoperator supports a self-driving, driverless vehicle in the event of a problem such as a system failure or an unsolvable driving task by taking over the vehicle guidance task. This can be done indirectly by assessing and releasing an alternative route suggested by the vehicle or by a corresponding specification by the teleoperator. If necessary, the teleoperator can also directly take over vehicle control such as steering, braking and accelerating and then return the vehicle to the automated driving mode. Teleoperation can thus be used to meet the legal requirement for technical supervision of autonomous driving vehicles.
  • Teleoperation of non-autonomous driving vehicles: The teleoperator guides a driverless vehicle continuously and directly from a driving position. This spatial decoupling of driver and vehicle can significantly increase the efficiency of the driving personnel deployed in non-self-driving vehicles and vehicles can be driven (logistics, first/last mile) or delivered (rental cars, car-sharing vehicles) in an optimised manner, especially over longer distances.

Pilot project in public road transport

Mira already offers StVZO-compliant teleoperation technology for use in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and special vehicles. Initial testing to demonstrate and evaluate realistic customer business models is taking place in Düsseldorf's industrial harbour. This pilot project is supported by the licensing authorities of the district government, the city of Düsseldorf and TÜV Rheinland as technical expert. Further operational areas are already in preparation.

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