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Autonomous Machines Advance: Volvo sends TA15 autonomous hauler to customer testing; EquipmentShare funds research
Autonomous construction equipment research marches on with industry companies delving into demonstration areas and university research support.
March 4, 2021
Deere improves Grade Pro, SmartGrade motor graders with new features
John Deere Grade Pro graders receive new technology features, including Blade Stow and Auto-Gain for Cross Slope, as well as SmartGrade technology upgrades.
November 17, 2020
Freightliner partners with Waymo for Level 4 autonomous Cascadia
Daimler Trucks and Waymo will work together towards deploying an autonomous SAE Level 4 Freightliner Cascadia by 2024. Details here on Equipment World.
November 10, 2020
Leica iXE3 3D excavator control gains semi-auto functionality for more operator customization
Leica Geosystems now offers semi-automatic functionality for its iXE3 3D excavator machine control solution. The system automatically controls the boom, bucket, tilt and tiltrotator, which the company says allows for faster, more accurate digging. With the new semi-auto function, operators can select the individual automatic functions they want or any combination. For instance, the operator can […]
July 30, 2020
Hitachi to factory-add Topcon grade control on excavators
Hitachi will integrate Topcon grade control at the factory on certain excavators. Hitachi Solution Integrated Grade Control debuted at ConExpo. Details here.
June 22, 2020
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Liebherr, Leica Geosystems form excavator control partnership
Liebherr’s crawler and wheeled excavators can now be factory equipped with 2D and 3D machine control systems as the result of a partnership with Leica Geosystems. The optional system can be added to Liebherr’s Generation 6 and Generation 8 excavators featuring both mono and two-piece booms and includes the ability to integrate a tiltrotator or […]
June 3, 2020
Trimble debuts mast-free motor grader system, new Earthworks platform and more at ConExpo
Trimble introduced a new mastless motor grader system, Earthworks Grade Control v2.0, and more at ConExpo 2020. Discover the latest from Trimble on Equipment World.
April 22, 2020
Topcon launches free online webinars to help construction workers learn more about GPS
Topcon to offer online education on GPS and other geo-positioning topics for the construction and agriculture industry. Click for more information on Equipment World.
April 14, 2020
Komatsu unveils D71PXi-24 dozer with new Intelligent Machine Control 2.0 tech
This is the first – and largest – dozer to get Komatsu's newest Intelligent Machine Control.
April 10, 2020
Opinion: The dawn of autonomous construction equipment is upon us
If you think autonomous equipment operation is a pipe dream, you’d be wrong. About as wrong as the contractors who first doubted GPS machine control. Back in November I attended a prototype demonstration of Doosan’s Concept-X autonomous machine technology in Korea. At the demo, we watched an excavator and wheel loader without operators maneuver around […]
March 16, 2020
Trimble intros aftermarket GPS for excavators
The Trimble GPS/GNSS is an aftermarket kit for excavators introduced at the World of Concrete. Find out what it offers contractors here on Equipment World.
March 6, 2020
Google’s Waymo division begins autonomous truck testing in Texas
Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google parent company Alphabet, has begun mapping Interstates in Texas and New Mexico in a lead up to testing its self-driving semis. In the testing, a fleet of Chrysler Pacificas will be trailed by Waymo big rigs. The trucks won’t be loaded with freight and will have a driver […]
February 12, 2020
How Doosan’s autonomous Concept-X construction machines work and why they will be necessary
Back in November the operator of a Doosan excavator put his machine in idle, got out of the cab and walked away. Moments later the excavator’s bucket raised up off the dirt. The machine turned around and proceeded to dig a trench and load an articulated truck—all without an operator in the cab. The demonstration […]
January 17, 2020
Volvo Group launches new Autonomous Solutions Group led by Nils Jaeger
Volvo Group, parent of Volvo Construction Equipment, has named Nils Jaeger president of is new Volvo Autonomous Solutions business division. He will report to Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group president and CEO and serve as a member of the Volvo Group management team. The Volvo Autonomous Solutions division, which began Jan. 1st, is charged with accelerating […]
January 8, 2020
Komatsu says Proactive Dozing Control “Closes the Skill Gap”. But what is it?
Komatsu has introduced a new grade control technology for dozers that it says can be used 100 percent of the time, unlike other grade control systems which are typically only used for finish grading. In this video we break down how the system works and why Komatsu says it “closes the skill gap” between experienced […]
December 23, 2019
Spot the robot ‘dog’ could one day scan jobsites, do layouts and maintain machines if Trimble, Hilti, Boston Dynamics collaboration succeeds
People and dogs have enjoyed mutually beneficial relationships since the dawn of time. And now there’s a new breed of dog that’s eager to help you on your construction sites. His name is Spot and he’s a Boston Dynamics robot. In this collaboration, Boston Dynamics engineered the carrier vehicle, while Trimble and Hilti provide a […]
December 16, 2019
Bobcat unveils iPhone/iPad remote control, bringing drone-like operation to skid steers, CTLs
Quick two-person jobs can be handled by a single operator, and operators can avoid repeated trips in and out of the cab.
September 20, 2019
Komatsu adds to its autonomous hauler fleet with big 930E-5 deployment in Australia
With the deployment of 41 new 930E-5 ultra-class haul trucks, Komatsu will soon have 250 autonomous trucks in service around the world. The upcoming deployment of trucks will take place at BHP’s South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia. Komatsu’s executive general manager of mining for Australia, Leo Kaloglou, says of the 250 deployed […]
September 16, 2019
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New Cat D4 Boosts Visibility 30% to Front-of-Blade Area
Now it's the D4's moment to shine in Caterpillar's new dozer lineup.
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