FRANC - Field Robot for Advanced Navigation in bio Crops


While in modern agriculture increasingly powerful complex machines with advanced technology are used organic farming is characterized by multiple manual tasks. The project FRANC developed and builds an autonomous vehicle which can be used especially in organic farming. The vehicle is equipped with the necessary sensor technology and control hard- and software to autonomously drive in row crops. By steerable front and rear wheels a tight turning radius is possible. A modular design allows easy and flexible adaptations of different applications and requirements. A safety concept was developed in order to ensure a safe operation stopping the vehicle without delay in case of collision. A simple smartphone can be used for controlling the field robot.


Duration: 02/2013 – 07/2015
  • Josephinum Research Wieselburg
  • HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
  • Technische Universität Wien – Institut für Regelungstechnik
  • HBLFA Francisco Josephinum
  • HTLuVA Waidhofen an der Ybbs
  • Hochschule Osnabrück
  • Bio Lutz GmbH Wieselburg-Land
Funded by:  Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna (BMWFW) – Sparkling Science Program



Dipl.-Ing. Heinrich Prankl Leiter für Forschung & Innovation; Direktor-Stv.; Geschäftsführer Josephinum Research
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