Danfoss Introduces A+ Software to Accelerate Autonomous Machine Development

Danfoss Power Solutions has formalized its software offering for autonomous off-highway machinery. Designed for in-house engineering teams at original equipment manufacturers and distributors, A+ software reduces development time and costs.

A+ software consists of preprogrammed and pretested software blocks built into Danfoss’ XM100 autonomous controller hardware. Each block covers key areas such as perception, positioning, and navigation. A+ software enables users to add autonomous functionality by integrating the blocks into their machine applications, eliminating the need to develop software from scratch.

PLUS+1 XM100 autonomous controller (Photo courtesy of Danfoss Power Solutions)

A+ software is offered in two tiers: A+ Essentials and A+ Advanced. Included with a PLUS+1 professional license, A+ Essentials provides basic software tools and blocks to get users started on autonomous machine development. A+ Advanced is a paid solution that provides advanced software blocks and access to future A+ Advanced features and updates.

“Autonomous functionality is improving machine performance and safety and helping relieve labor shortages across a number of industries, particularly specialty agriculture, animal husbandry and airport ground support. The benefits of autonomy are wide-ranging, making it a powerful solution. OEMs that adopt autonomous functionality early stand to gain a significant advantage. With our new A+ software, we can help OEMs get to market faster with machines that stand out from the competition. Danfoss has both the solutions and the expertise needed to guide companies on the road to autonomy.”

said Peter Bleday, head of Autonomy, Danfoss Power Solutions.

(Photo courtesy of Danfoss Power Solutions)

In addition to software, Danfoss offers engineering services and a broad portfolio of hardware required for autonomous functionality. The company’s Autonomous Custom Engineering Services team can help OEMs by providing hardware selection support and full or partial machine programming. Danfoss components such as steer-by-wire, e-steering, electronics, telematics, machine interfaces, controllers, and hydraulics provide a comprehensive solution.

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