New interface for Automated guided vehicles

Audi Sport GmbH

Joint project of VDA and VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association +++ First phase of development in final phase and available online

Automated guided vehicles (AGV) play a key role in all planning scenarios for automated and networked factories. The trend towards highly individualized products requires new approaches to both the planning of production stations and the organization of material supply. The number of material transports will increase, while the factory area will not grow. AGV offer very good conditions for this fine tuning in the tightest of spaces.

Since the second half of 2017, a joint project team consisting of AGV users and manufacturers has been working on the development of a new interface to enable driverless transport systems and control software to communicate with each other manufacturer-independently, under the coordination of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association. In this way, a wide variety of vehicles, regardless of type, capabilities or technology used, can be integrated into a common system and collaborate in complex processes.

Work on the interface comprises two milestones: the transmission of orders and status data on the one hand and navigation within a common coordinate system on the other. The preliminary work for the first milestone is now in the final phase and is available free of charge to all interested parties under the designation VDA 5050 at the following link:

The associations welcome feedback on the draft and offer all interested parties the opportunity to send justified comments to the VDA or VDMA by 16.11.2019. Your contact at VDA is Robert Cameron ( Your contact at VDMA is Andreas Scherb (


Picture source: Audi Sport GmbH

Picture text:
In the future, automated guided vehicles, such as this one at Audi in Neckarsulm, will be able to communicate with each other via the new interface, regardless of manufacturer.