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AVATAR- Autonomous vessels, cost-effective transhipment, waste return

Welcome to AVATAR's website. AVATAR is a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020.

The massive under-exploitation of inland waterways (IWW) in the North Sea Region, especially in and around urban environments, provides opportunities for technological innovations. The AVATAR project aims to deploy zero-emission automated vessels that can do hourly traffic between the Urban Consolidation Centers outside the city and inner city hubs, focusing on the distribution of palletized goods and waste return.

The AVATAR project aims to tackle challenges of city freight distribution by developing, testing and assessing adequate technologies and business models for urban autonomous zero-emission IWT. Through this, the project unlocks the economic potential of urban vessels and corresponding waterways, increases available solutions for full-cycle automation and sets up a sustainable supply chain model for urban goods distribution and waste return.

Project focus:

- Development of prototypes of automated to autonomous ship units

- Development of remote monitoring and control concepts

- Development of use cases and business cases for use in an urban context

- Analyisis of the political and legal framework for the deployment of autonomous ship units in the participating regions

- Performance of pilot tests

Project period: May 2020 - June 2023

Project budget: Total EUR 2,83 million, funding (ERDF): EUR 1,42 million




Latest Project News

AVATAR - Participation @ ITS World Congress Hamburg

21 October 2021

Last week, the AVATAR project partner Thomas Brauner from Logistik-Initiative Hamburg had the chance to present the project during a session on “Deliv…

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AVATAR - Project partners LIHH and UOL meet at ITS World Congress in Hamburg

21 October 2021

At the ITS World Congress in Hamburg, the AVATAR project partners Arne Lamm (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) and Thomas Brauner (Logistik-In…

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AVATAR 4th online project partner meeting

15 October 2021

On 13/10/2021 the 4th online AVATAR project partner meeting took place.

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AVATAR aligns with students of Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

08 October 2021

AVATAR project partner Tom Pauwels (POM Oost-Vlaanderen) had the opportunity to give an interview to students Cybernetics and Robotics of the Norges t…

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AVATAR @ ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg

01 October 2021

AVATAR project partner Thomas Brauner (Logistik-Initiative Hamburg) will present the status of the project at the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg. …

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