Volvo CE unveils CX01 single-drum asphalt compactor concept at the Utility Expo

Designed for autonomous operation and multi-unit communication, the CX01 concept is already influencing future Volvo CE machine design.

As a part of its continuous pursuit of ground-breaking machine innovation, Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled its CX01 single-drum asphalt compactor concept at The Utility Expo in Continue reading “Volvo CE unveils CX01 single-drum asphalt compactor concept at the Utility Expo”

These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

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These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

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Because of the rigor and repetition inherent in construction work, this industry is highly suitable for the application of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Continue reading “These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles”

Goodyear, SafeAI Collaborate On Tires For Autonomous Vehicles

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SafeAI have entered into a strategic relationship to incorporate tire intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles.

Through an integration with the SafeAI autonomous ecosystem, the companies said they will exchange site data to protect tire health, eliminate downtime and contribute to a smarter, safer standard for the construction industry. Tire intelligence from Goodyear’s TPMS Heavy Duty rim-mounted sensors will be deployed at an active construction site in Cupertino, California.

With this collaboration, Goodyear will outfit a Caterpillar 725, retrofitted with SafeAI’s autonomous software, to capture pressure and temperature data and monitor overall tire health. These sensors can identify and communicate adverse conditions before they cause maintenance issues and derail a project.

Unplanned downtime on construction and mining sites result in missed timelines and increased budget. Tire intelligence can help mitigate these challenges by identifying early or potential problems, such as under-inflation, before they cause unexpected delays – bolstering efficiency, safety and return on investment.

“No matter the vehicle – automobile, freight truck or dump truck – tire intelligence can help elevate safety, performance and efficiency,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Through our work with SafeAI, we will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”

Based in Milpitas, Calif., SafeAI is a technology company that retrofits heavy equipment for autonomous applications in mining and construction. Obayashi Corp. and Foundamental have made strategic investments in the company, which was founded in 2017.

Goodyear has been at the forefront of tire innovation for more than 100 years. Today, we’re proud to join forces to take on a new frontier: tire intelligence for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibrajit Halder, founder and CEO at SafeAI. “We strongly believe in a collaborative approach to deploying autonomy in construction and mining, at scale. We have purpose-built an interoperable autonomous technology that enables us to work with industry leaders like Goodyear and set the standard for autonomous heavy equipment.”

Electric Site delivers ‘groundbreaking’ results

VOLVO Construction Equipment and their customer Skanska have recorded groundbreaking results from their Electric Site research project, including a 98% reduction in carbon emissions.

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Carbon emissions reduced by 98% at Volvo CE and Skanska Electric Site research project

The two firms have been testing the viability of the Electric Site over the last 10 weeks at Skanska’s Vikan Kross Quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden.

The results are now in and Volvo CE and Skanska say they are even better than expected. The tests showed a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% Continue reading “Electric Site delivers ‘groundbreaking’ results”

Sandvik automated LHD proves its precision and safety in a glass labyrinth

In recent years, self-driving mining vehicles have attracted a lot of discussion and some opposition from those who think there are safety concerns.

However, Sandvik has had automated loaders and trucks working in mines for over 20 years — with zero accidents involving people.

To prove its capabilities, Sandvik Continue reading “Sandvik automated LHD proves its precision and safety in a glass labyrinth”

How Hitachi and Wenco join forces to revolutionize the mining industry

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Sure, you know Wenco is a major innovator in mining technology.

Hitachi and Wenco work together for mining

You know our fleet management systems (FMS) are one of the easiest ways to rein in your mine’s cost of production. You know our latest solutions employ

leading-edge technology that continues to raise mine performance — things like Big Data, analytics, IoT, and autonomous vehicles. You know we’re celebrating our 30th year making mines run simpler, smarter, and safer. Continue reading “How Hitachi and Wenco join forces to revolutionize the mining industry”