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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

RCV: The KTH Research Concept Vehicle

The KTH Research Concept Vehicle (RCV) is a rolling research and demonstration laboratory for intelligent vehicle research concerning sustainable transport systems. The purpose of the platform is to enable implementation and evaluation of research results in real-life environments.

The RCV is developed, built and maintained by students and staff at the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) at KTH. Torque and steering angle of each of the wheel modules are individually controlled by an on-board real-time computer, making the platform flexible for research in vehicle dynamics and automated driving. It is equipped with state-of-the-art sensor equipment, including lidar, radar, GPS, IMU etc. The system architecture is built with modularity in mind, in order to facilitate integration of research specific hardware and software.

The platform has been used in a number of projects and demonstrations, including:

  • Remote driving using high bandwidth radio communication for live video streaming, together with Ericsson Research
  • Fault tolerant control
  • Collaborative automated driving scenarios in the GCDC 2016
  • Basic autonomous driving with obstacle avoidance
Ongoing and planned projects/demonstrations include:
  • Introduction of 2x second generation RCVs
  • Remote driving using prototype 5g network together with Ericsson Research
  • General purpose autonomous driving in the presence of pedestrians
  • Simulation of the vehicle integrated in large scale traffic simulation
The long term goal of RCV is to enable trustworthy and safe autonomy.


High level autonomous functionality such as perception localization and planning is performed in a ROS environment. Development of this system is done in interaction with the open-source robotics community surrounding ROS.

Futher reading

You can read more about the RCV on the ITRL website and on the RCV homepage.

using the RCV platform

Design centre

This platform is supported by our Sweden design centre.

Sweden design centre