New autonomous unmanned track loader
Horiba Mira has has developed an autonomous unmanned compact track loader designed to conduct engineering tasks that are considered too dangerous for an operator.
The vehicle consists of the JCB 205T Track Loader integrated with Horiba Mira's third-generation Modular Autonomous Control System (MACE) via a roof-mounted modular rack.
The autonomous unmanned loader has a number of operating modes including manual, remote control, teleoperation and fully autonomous operation.
Manual operation enables a driver to drive and operate the vehicle when tasks are considered safe. Remote control or teleoperation enables a driver to operate the loader via a communication link from a safe location. All of the controls for driving and operating the machine and tools are replicated at a base station. Fully autonomous operation allows the driver to set a task such as moving material. The vehicle will complete the task without any further intervention from the operator.
The autonomous loader can perform and complete different engineering tasks, including providing unmanned support to combat engineering and manoeuvre as well as infrastructure builds.
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