Within the arctic region, there are several important value chains utilizing natural resources such as forestry, agriculture, mining, fish farming etc. While being essential for the welfare in the region and beyond, there are still several important sustainability challenges that must be solved including material handling. New advanced technology including sensors, artificial intelligence, perception systems, navigation, data processing etc. enable utility vehicles to become autonomous. This radically changes the prerequisites for the utility vehicle concepts and opens for much more sustainable multimodal material handling operations. Hence, the objective of the Interreg Aurora funded project SAMHand – Sustainable Autonomous Material Handling project is to show how such a sustainable material handling system based on fossil free autonomous vehicles shall be configured. To proof the concept, demonstration of selected autonomous material handling activities will be demonstrated.
The new Interreg Aurora Programme has approved the first projects in the funding period 2021-2027. The two Steering Committees, for sub-area Sápmi and sub-area Aurora