Test ground for mobile machines

Innovative Hydraulic Automation (IHA) provides excellent facilities for field off-road machinery and robotics research, as the campus area includes a test ground and has over 10 instrumented mobile machines. Our closed 4000 m² test ground has a working area for excavating, different surfaces ranging from gravel to asphalt, and a hill with three different slopes ranging up to about 18 degrees.

IHA has a rapid development and prototyping environment for building novel systems (powertrain and  working hydraulics) and control technologies, which is used to test and demonstrate functionality and control algorithms in mobile machines. We can measure on real time emissions, fuel and energy consumption (electric) of the machines during the work.

•  At TAU Hervanta campus area
•  Around 4000 square meters
•  250 m track
•  Asphalt and gravel
•  Three slopes: 10, 16 and 32%

•  Excavation, loading area
•  Control container
•  Fenced area

What we can test

Control methods and sensors systems
  • Driveline control
    • Uphill and downhill operation
    • During work
  • Powertrain power management control for hybrid and pure electric systems
  • Boom control systems
Autonomous operation in various tasks
  • Navigation
    • Obstacle avoidance
    • Path planning and execution
    • Multi-machine operation
Energy efficiency and emissions
  • Fuel and electric energy consumption in real work
  • Real exhaust emissions during the work in controllable environment
  • Excavation, truck loading, driving
  • Human operated or autonomous