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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
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
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
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
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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 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
Daimler, Torc Robotics to begin testing autonomous Class 8 trucks on public roads
Daimler Truck North America, makers of the Freightliner and Western Star brands of heavy trucks, says its Torc Robotics team is ready to move development and testing of autonomous trucks to public roads in Virginia. Developed by Torc, part of Daimler’s new Autonomous Technology Group, the trucks are equipped with autonomous driving technology that meets […]
September 11, 2019
With new driver-assist features for heavy trucks, ZF has big plans for automating commercial vehicles in NA
ZF is making a push for broader brand awareness and higher market share for electrification and automation in North America. Details here on Equipment World.
June 19, 2019
Built Robotics brings full autonomy to dozers, excavators with aftermarket kit
After unveiling a fully autonomous compact track loader in 2017 and proving that the machine could work on jobsites, earthmoving contractors started to reach out to Built Robotics with interest of how the company’s technology could make their lives easier. Built founder and CEO Noah Ready-Campbell says the interest came as a natural point of […]
May 10, 2019
In industry first, Komatsu autonomous mining trucks now qualified to run on LTE
The mining industry’s first autonomous haulage system will run on private LTE mobile broadband technology that's more reliable, secure and has higher capacity.
January 29, 2019
Freightliner intros new Cascadia tractor with Level 2 automated driving
Level 2 automation means the truck can accelerate, decelerate and steer independently. The 2020 Cascadia will be the first SAE Level 2 automation-capable truck.
January 9, 2019
Honda unveils autonomous construction robot, wants your input on what to do with it
The Honda work vehicle will be introduced at CES 2019, but it’s less of a consumer product than it is an invitation for other manufacturers to get creative.
December 26, 2018
Go for a ride in an autonomous Komatsu haul truck
Komatsu was gracious enough to give the public an inside look at exactly how its Autonomous Haulage System works. Check out the video here on Equipment World.
November 2, 2018
Report: Testing accelerates as autonomous trucking heads for open road
Federal guidelines regulating autonomous trucks could lead to an acceleration in autonomous truck testing and competition between companies. Learn more here.
October 25, 2018
How Komatsu’s autonomous haul trucks work and what it takes to implement the technology at a working mine
Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System is expected to hit a major milestone: billions of metric tons of material moved with these AHS trucks. Learn more here.
October 3, 2018
With supercar looks, Volvo Vera electric tractor can hitch and haul loads autonomously
Volvo Trucks has officially introduced its brand new electric tractor as it can hitch and transport loads by itself. Get more details on Equipment World.
September 27, 2018
Volvo CE unveils ZEUX: How a LEGO model designed with kids became a prototype for a real autonomous wheel loader
This week, Volvo and Lego, which have partnered on highly detailed Lego Technic models for the L350F wheel loader & EW160E wheeled excavator, to unveil ZEUX.
June 29, 2018
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Video: Volvo Excavator Prototypes Reveal Formidable Strength in Electric Development
Amid a flurry of electric construction equipment news to start 2021, Volvo has introduced two battery-electric excavator prototypes that are different in more ways than one. We dig into those excavators and Volvo's electric advantage in this video.
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