Drones are fast taking over our skies, with potential that is yet to be fully explored. They are applied in various contexts, however, coming up against their limits when applied, for instance in difficult terrain or indoor contexts.

The project HUUVER (Hybrid UAV-UGV for Efficient Relocation of Vessels) develops a prototype UAV-UGV platform that combines two types of propulsion systems. This patented technical solution activates flying and driving capabilities in one compact and highly integrated autonomous drone. Moreover, the HUUVER drone is using the Galileo precise positioning and authentication service, providing great value for high-quality positioning, navigation and documentation purposes. For interfacing with an end-user, the HUUVER solution also includes a core management system with features like mission planning navigation, guidance and control as well as an end-user mobile application enabling mission demand and launch control. The HUUVER platform is currently tuned to be successful operated in professional missions for Search & Rescue, Patrolling & Monitoring and Industrial Intralogistics.

Following the successful development and technical validation of the HUUVER prototype, the solution will be subjected for farther field-testing in the application areas concerned, according to specific NSTS-02 EU category operations. Main aim of these tests is to proof operational abilities of HUUVER in both: flight and drive scenarios. For the Search & Rescue use case, HUUVER is deployed to locate missing persons in different challenging terrain settings as both a complementary and primary search solution in addition to human foot patrols. The Patrolling & Monitoring use case will be piloted also in the industrial sites and in high-security utility contexts.

For more information on the project and the field-tests, please visit https://huuver.eu or contact HUUVER team (info@huuver.eu).

HUUVER is a co-funded Innovation Action under the topic “SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020 – EGNSS Applications Fostering Digitisation”. The project team comprises seven organizations from five EU member states: Cervi Robotics (Dronehub group) (Poland), RECTANGLE (Poland), LUT University (Finland), everis (Spain), GINA Software (Czech Republic), BLADESCAPE (Austria) and Brimatech Services (Austria).

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870236.