ECHORD++ focuses on research and development (R&D) with relevance to industrial applications and high market potential. The Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) scheme offers R&D consortia the possibility to develop robotics technology according to the needs of public bodies. Two application areas have been identified: Healthcare and Urban Robotics. Various public bodies have submitted different challenges (technology needs) and out of this pool a panel of experts has selected one challenge for each scenario: Robotics for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in the Healthcare scenario and Robots for the Inspection and Clearance of the Sewer Network in Cities in the Urban Robotics Scenario.
Public bodies often have specific requirements for the products they use. ECHORD++ offers to both the technology developers and the public authorities the chance to closely interact and interface with each other during the conception and development of the solution. This is to make sure that the product meets the requirements of the target group, technically and price-wise.