Check out HRI’s Wireless E-Stop and safe wireless control systems at BOOTH B4387.
Stop by to learn about wireless e-stopping for AGVs, storage & retrieval, and other industrial applications.
See you in Atlanta!
HRI is pleased to announce the newest addition to our line of safe wireless machine controls: Multipoint Wireless E-Stopping.
For years, our Wireless Emergency Stop has been providing convenience and peace of mind at worksites in a variety of industries, delivering instant machine shutdown when there’s no fixed e-stop nearby. Now, we’re taking this product to the next level with new multipoint functionality.
Instead of pairing one Wireless E-Stop with a single machine, you can now E-Stop one or more machines from one or more locations.
Our new multipoint technology opens up a world of possibilities for safety systems to fit any scenario–from mobile heavy equipment to autonomous systems and fixed industrial machinery
HRI is committed to developing innovative technology to provide safe mobility around dangerous machines. Find out more about how the Wireless E-Stop takes accident prevention to the next level here.
Check out New Equipment Digest’s Assembling a Modern Mech Marvel to read about HRI and the other manufacturers behind this epic machine.
HRI is heading for Chicago for Automate 2017, co-located with Promat 2017. Be sure to visit Booth 2461 to see our line of wireless safety devices and learn about our next-generation technology for industrial automation. Click here for more information. See you in Chicago!
Heading to Vegas for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017? So are we!
Be sure to visit HRI at Booth #B90002 in the Bronze Hall.
We’ll be showcasing our wireless safety devices for heavy duty applications. Stop by to learn about our Safe Remote Control System, Wireless Emergency Stop, Wireless CAN Bridge and Wireless E-Stop Bridge.
Click here to add HRI to your show planner. We look forward to meeting you there!
March 7-11, Las Vegas, NV.
HRI is pleased to be exhibiting at PACK EXPO International 2016. Stop by Booth E-9803 to say hello and learn about how our wireless safety devices are bringing next-level safety to the packaging and processing industries. We look forward to meeting you!
If you’re not registered for the show yet, please be our guest. Register for free with HRI’s code 37B21.
HRI is pleased to be exhibiting at IMTS the International Manufacturing Trade Show this September, where we’ll be showing off our new SafeGrip Wireless Enabling Pendant. If you’re in Chicago, be sure to visit us in the Industrial Automation North America section of the show at McCormick Place.
Press Release: Mine Rollers – HRI Awarded Contract for Afghan Army
CHARLESTON, S.C., June 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Critical Solutions International (CSI), in partnership with Humanistic Robotics Inc. (HRI), announced today the award of a contract to supply the Afghan National Army (ANA) with 464 mine rollers and associated operation and maintenance training. The contract will be managed through U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) Non-Standard Equipment Office. These systems will bolster the ANA’s mine and IED clearance capability and enhance freedom of maneuver across the battlefield.
CSI partnered with HRI in 2014 in order to complement its existing suite of counter IED technologies, and offer U.S. and international customers a total route clearance package. The HRI roller is part of a suite of counter IED technologies provided by CSI. This includes the purpose-built Husky route clearance vehicle, which is the #1 route clearance vehicle in the world.
“Leading in accuracy, effectiveness and safety, the HRI roller is the most user-friendly and sustainable system on the market. It has been proven in the field for commercial and peace-keeping missions in Africa and the Middle East,” says CSI CEO, Patrick Callahan. “The standoff defeat capability provided by these rollers will enable our Afghan partners to make their roads safer for both the troops and civilians who travel them.”
“HRI has been about building technology to make a safer world from day one,” said Samuel Reeves, HRI’s co-founder and CEO. “The HRI- CSI partnership reflects the growing need for a multi-faceted, multi-technology approach for defeating landmines and IEDs. It allows us to combine our individual company capabilities to increase survivability and save lives. Partnering with CSI, which for many years has been at the center of efforts to defeat the threat from IEDs with its Husky vehicle, is a perfect match for HRI.”
About CSI and HRI
CSI is a leader in the development, systems integration, and support of blast-protected vehicles and counter IED payloads. The centerpiece of CSI’s capabilities is the Husky, which, in addition to the U.S. military, is fielded by militaries around the world including Australia, Canada, Kenya, Iraq, Spain, South Africa and Turkey.
HRI is a leader in rugged, low cost, low maintenance counter-mine roller systems for commercial, peacekeeping, and military applications. The ROUTE CLEARANCE ROLLER (RCR) is purpose-built to provide maximum capability with minimum sustainment for customers operating in high threat areas with limited logistical footprints.
If you’re headed to Atlanta for MODEX 2016, be sure to stop by HRI’s booth to see our wireless controls in person, including an exclusive preview of our newest product! We look forward to seeing you at BOOTH #4889.
Greetings from Humanistic Robotics, Inc. and we hope this finds you well mid-winter! We’ve been really pleased to work with NPC Robotics and their BlackDog Robotics division for the past couple of years as they introduce a really capable robot to the world. See below for the whole story, and all the best to you!
Starting as a company that rebuilt motors for electric wheelchairs, NPC Robotics has grown to be one of the U.S. military and law enforcement’s most trusted suppliers of motion control technology. One of their most recent creations, a robot that could identify and disable IEDs, has now taken on a civilian role and is being used by first-responders. This robot was developed by NPC’s BlackDog Modular Robotics division.
Because it could be easily reprogrammed and easy enough to use that anyone who ever played a video game could quickly understand it, the Safe Remote Control System (SRCS) from Humanistic Robotics was the perfect controller for the job.
A military robot making a difference in civilian life
Today, many SWAT teams have robots that are used very infrequently due to limitations that make them completely useless at times. The Boston Marathon bombing is a perfect example. The camera arm on that robot couldn’t extend high enough to see inside the boat where the suspect was hiding.That’s what makes the robot from BlackDog Robotics a better alter
native for first responders. Initially built for the U.S Army to identify IEDs, this security robot offers the flexibility to change out different components quickly and easily. For example, you could remove an arm and replace it with a camera. Or add a hook device to help remove an injured person from a dangerous situation.Of course, when you have a variety of functions on a robot, operating it could get quite complicated. According to Michael Garrod, Chief Technical Officer of NPC and BlackDog Robotics, “One of the main reasons we chose the Safe Remote Control System (SRCS) from Humanistic Robotics is that when you hook up different pieces of equipment to the robot, you can easily reconfigure the buttons on the controller to operate whatever you need. And off you go.”
Most operators have been training to use this robot since they were kids.
Some SWAT teams have to go through a month’s worth of training to learn how to control the robots they currently have. But with the Safe Remote Control System (SRCS), anyone who’s ever played Xbox® or Playstation® could pick it up and know how to control the basic functions of the robot right away. Michael points out, “The robot never becomes a 200 lb. lump of metal because the specially trained operator isn’t available to drive it.”
Finding the right controller was a lot harder than you’d think.
BlackDog Robotics originally tried RC controllers, which were incredibly unreliable. “There was no range whatsoever. They couldn’t keep a signal from behind a plastic dumpster” Mike continues, “Plus, some were so complex it was difficult for an untrained person to figure out what all the different buttons on the controller actually did.”BlackDog Robotics goal was to keep everything easy-to-use with no need for training, so they continued searching for a controller that would fit the bill. “We even considered having one of our engineers find the pieces and build our own.” Mike remembers, “It was such a massive relief when we found this controller from Humanistic Robotics.”
Easy to use unless you’re not authorized to use it.
When operating in high-risk situations, the security connection between the controller and the receiver is very important. “With the Safe Remote Control System (SRCS), operators have the ability to set the robot dead if they’re having control issues or if the robot was being attacked.” Michael continues, “The abandonment feature is also very important. If no one touches the controller for 5 minutes it goes to e-stop and won’t start again without a special code. So if you’re not supposed to be operating this robot, you won’t be.”
Who says watching TV is a waste of time?
A British TV show called The Thunderbirds was actually the inspiration for BlackDog Robotics security robot. A fictional top-secret organization, they used technologically advanced rescue equipment to save people from mortal danger.
To learn more about BlackDog Robotics, visit blackdogrobotics.com
To learn more about Humanistic Robotics, Inc (HRI), visit humanisticrobotics.com
Happy New Year from HRI! We hope that 2016 will be a happy, safe and productive year for you. At HRI, 2015 was a year of new product introductions, new customer engagements, new employee onboarding, new business models, and most of all, a growing excitement about the way advanced technology is hitting just about every industry. We’re writing to tell you a little bit about what we’re looking forward to in the year ahead, and also to share a few interesting moments from the past year. From product introductions, to exciting collaborations with world class organizations like Mitsubishi Electric and DARPA, here are just a few of our highlights from 2015:
In FEBRUARY, we officially announced the launch of our CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge, a product that delivers a reliable link between CAN interfaces for applications where wiring isn’t an option. Since then, we’ve shipped the CAN-Sync all over the world. It’s been put to work in forestry and agricultural operations, recycling plants, parking garages, mining trucks, pile drivers, and more. The CAN-Sync has been a welcome addition to our suite of safe wireless products, and we’ve received great feedback from customers on its range and reliability.
In JUNE, our Wireless Emergency Stops were used by every team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, where the world’s most advanced robots faced off on a disaster relief obstacle course. We were honored to be chosen by DARPA as the provider of emergency stops for this elite competition.
As robotic technology evolves, so does the need for more advanced safety controls. Our partnership with DARPA shows that HRI is ready to meet that need by providing cutting-edge safety tools for the world’s next generation of robotics. More on the challenge, and some cool photos here.
In SEPTEMBER, we debuted an exciting collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Automation at Pack Expo. We’ve been working with Mitsubishi on a customized wireless teach pendant that implements our wireless protocol for safety critical functions like emergency stopping and enable devices. The result was a custom wrapper for a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet PC that adds dead man switches and an E-Stop, and enables the controller to be used with industrial robots. This tool will allow Mitsubishi’s customers to control their entire manufacturing cell while mobile, rather than having to plug into each machine individually. We are excited about the advances in safety and productivity that this is going to bring to the factory!
Mitsubishi Product Application Specialist Steve Pacitto and HRI Co-Founder Samuel Reeves
In NOVEMBER, our Principal Control Systems Engineer Nathan Bivans became certified as a CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert. This distinction demonstrates that Nathan has completed the foremost machinery safety training program of its kind, and has been certified as an expert by TÜV NORD. Nathan has been with HRI since 2012, after working with Apple , Motorola, and Lutron Electronics. He plays a crucial role in the development of our technology for embedded and safety critical systems. Nathan’s new certification is just one more example of HRI’s continued and rigorous commitment to excellence in machine safety.
Safe Remote Control: Our Safe Remote Control System continued to find interesting and worthwhile applications throughout the year with customers in every domain of mobile robotics: in the air, on and under the water, and on land. It also confirmed our belief that all machines are becoming robots by finding new applications from defense to construction vehicles to amusement parks.
Custom Projects: While our stock products continued to grow in 2015, we were increasingly grateful for a growing number of custom requests from machinery innovators with complex needs for wireless machine control. It’s a sign of the times that most machinery producers across virtually all industries are thinking about how to make their products more intelligent, autonomous, mobile, collaborative, safer and more productive through some addition of advanced technology. We have been enormously grateful for requests to apply our wireless technology to situations we could not have foreseen years ago, and are encouraged by our ability to apply our core principles to a varying array of machine control situations. Look for our custom development program to be more formalized and take an increasing role in 2016.
On Deck in 2016: We’re looking forward to this year! Current plans to aggressively expand our product line, team, and customer outreach include:
In short, 2015 was a great year, and one where we saw an increasing number of industries begin to embrace wireless control. We are gratified to see our products bring safe, efficient control to fields as varied as automotive manufacturing, specialty robotics, defense, recycling, agriculture, mining, forestry, and more. All signs point to a future where all machines are going wireless, and we’re here to provide the tools to make that transition safely and smoothly.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers from 2015 and say that we are looking forward to collaborating with you as time goes on. Please stay in touch, and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2016!
HRI’s Safe Remote Control System delivers reliable, convenient control for military UGVs.
5D Robotics creates Behavior Engine (BE™) software that can give unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) the ability to perform a variety of actions, from reactive guarded motion, obstacle avoidance, and follow to deliberative behaviors like mapping, localization, waypoint navigation, and path planning. It also allows plug and play of many different sensors.
To operate a robot with such varied and complex functions, 5D Robotics was looking for controllers with customizable interfaces that could be used for a variety of military applications. Working with direction from the military customer, 5D selected two different controller types to support on-the-move squad support missions. As one of the selected controllers, the Safe Remote Control System (SRCS) from Humanistic Robotics was put through extensive testing in the field. It proved itself to be portable to different robots, reliable in the field and reusable across multiple missions.
In the military there wasn’t a good way to detect explosive hazards for soldiers traveling on foot. The technology that did exist wasn’t something they could carry around on their backs, and they needed a way to off-load some of their equipment.
5D Robotics created a solution. A squad support robot that could keep up with the troops and autonomously follow the squad or go in front of them when there is a detected hazard, minefield, or suspected IED.
By having follow and lead capabilities on the robot, testing showed that soldiers should only spend roughly 2% – 10% of their time actually driving the robot. This new approach to robot control is more like interacting with a highly trained police dog than traditional teleoperation.
“To successfully operate this robot, we needed a controller that would allow the human to provide high-level supervision rather than merely direct driving,” explains David Bruemmer, VP and Chief Technical Officer. “The reliability and functionality, the number of different options, and the feedback opportunities that were available on the SRCS provide value to the warfighter.”
5D Robotics originally tried using Xbox® controllers to operate their robot, but their signals couldn’t penetrate walls or objects. They also didn’t allow for important feedback from the robot such as follow distance, power supply, battery level, and other critical status information. “Before soldiers had to carry multiple devices,” David remembers, “but, with the SRCS Controller, everything necessary to support a mission is right there.”
When you’re building something for the military to use, you have to be sure it can survive the toughest working conditions.
But tough doesn’t have to mean clunky. It also has to be easy to carry. “Soldiers like the fact that the SRCS is small enough to fit in their pocket.” David continues, “And if they are carrying it in their pocket, the vibration that alerts them when the robot finds a hazard or can’t get over or around something is so strong that they can’t miss it.”
Another important feature when considering a controller for a robot is RF noise or radio frequency issues. This isn’t just important in military applications, but also in commercial applications like mining. The SRCS is designed to allow for operation in these difficult situations.
With the SRCS Controller, the buttons are reconfigurable and pretty straightforward. David adds, “I like that fact that the controller has an e-stop button. Even if the robot is 1/2 mile away, hit that button and the robot stops. There’s no need to use an additional e-stop system.”
The automated Polaris Ranger developed by PKMM and 5D.
Even though this robot was engineered for the hazardous conditions of a war zone, it has a bright future in other situations. According to David, “The oil and gas industry, agriculture, even mining are good examples of where our solutions can provide value in the future.”
To learn more about 5D Robotics, visit 5Drobotics.com.
To learn more about Wireless Controls, visit Humanisticrobotics.com.
“Our tech team enjoyed working with them and they’re willing to be flexible with the configuration of their safety systems and original concepts.” David adds, “We believe that the partnership has been a good one.”
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Humanistic Robotics, Inc. (HRI), a robotics and technology innovator dedicated to making the world safer through engineering and design, has teamed up with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to heighten the safety at the final “showdown” of the DARPA Robotics Finals, June 5-6, 2015. All twenty-five finalists are required to integrate HRI’s Wireless Emergency Stop and companion technology into their robots, a challenge protocol that will maximize safety and minimize damage in the case of unforeseen malfunctions. The Wireless E-Stop utilizes HRI’s proprietary SafetySense® technology to create a safe and reliable wireless link for controlling advanced machines remotely.
“HRI is extremely proud to provide DARPA this technology for this prestigious competition”
“These contestants are as advanced as they come in the engineering world. The machines they design represent the next generation of robotics – they aren’t in this just for fun, they are in this to innovate technology that will change the world,” said Josh Koplin, Co-Founder, HRI. “Requiring our Wireless E-Stop isn’t just meant to increase the safety at the Challenge event. We see it as a way to demonstrate to spectators and the general public that robots are going to increasingly impact their lives in a really positive way, and a lot of us are working to ensure that this innovation happens safely and robots can become tools people can trust.”
As machines in all industries become more capable and intelligent, HRI is developing wireless systems to ensure the safety and productivity of human-machine teams. HRI products such as the Wireless E-Stop utilize industry-leading safety methodologies including SafetySense®, a proprietary design strategy included in all of HRI’s robotics products.
HRI’s Wireless E-Stop provides immediate intervention to prevent unsafe conditions before they develop, while the hand-held device also allows anyone to intervene in the operation of a machine from wherever they are. Unlike other emergency stop technologies, the HRI Wireless E-Stop utilizes two-way constant communications and extremely stringent monitoring of the wireless link on the machine side, as well as dual output emergency stop signals. The end result is a truly reliable wireless connection that’s always available to stop the machine if you need it.
“The HRI Wireless E-Stop is an evolved, sophisticated tool that’s indispensable for the advanced operations we run,” said Daniel Lee, University of Pennsylvania Engineering Professor, and DARPA Challenge participant. Dan has been working with HRI for years as Director of Penn’s GRASP (General Robotics Automation, Sensing, Perception) Lab, and continued: “We were the first to purchase HRI’s wireless product and this E-Stop demonstrates emergency technology that has advanced right alongside the growth of robotics. As engineers get more bold in their designs, functions and capabilities, the Wireless E-Stop assures safety protocol at the same advanced levels.”
While the use of the HRI Wireless E-Stop technology is mandatory for all DARPA Robotic Challenge finalists, DARPA has purposefully left it flexible on how the teams utilize it. Engineers can do anything from utilizing the hand-held stop device as a stand-alone element, to expertly integrating the emergency stop technology and software into their robots.
“HRI is extremely proud to provide DARPA this technology for this prestigious competition,” said Samuel Reeves, Co-Founder and CEO, HRI. “Still, the need for quick stopping often arises. If and when that occurs, the contestants can be sure that when they hit our Wireless E-Stop button, their machine will stop.”
More information on HRI, the HRI Wireless Emergency Stop and SafetySense® is available at HumanisticRobotics.com.
Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Samuel Reeves, 267-535-2447
Greetings from Humanistic Robotics, (HRI) a company focused on making the world safer with technology. As you may know, our robotics division focuses on safe wireless machine control for mobile off-highway equipment, robots, and industrial equipment, and we’re reaching out to tell you about an exciting new product – our CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge. We have been shipping this product for a few months now with great results, and we’re excited to formally announce its public launch.
The CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge allows the user to transmit CAN data wirelessly over a transparent point-to-point bridge, without modifying the data. Read more about it on the CAN-Sync Wireless Can Bus Bridge product page
You might want to do this if you have two machines in different locations that need to communicate with each other to do their task, or if wired connections are frequently damaged or just too expensive or impractical. It’s also easier to move and reconfigure machines if they’re communicating over wireless, which saves time and money.
The CAN-Sync supports any CAN bus standard, such as J1939 or CAN Open, and is capable of achieving several miles of range in the right conditions. It also has dual Emergency Stop inputs and outputs, meaning fixed E-Stops can be wired into the system, and dual E-Stop outputs can be enabled on either end of the bridge.
As with all HRI wireless machine control products, the CAN-Sync includes our SafetySense® communication protocol, which is designed to ensure that critical control messages – like emergency stop signals – always find their intended recipient. SafetySense® combines frequency hopping radio technology with our proprietary wireless protocol to achieve a highly reliable wireless signal.
This product complements HRI’s existing family of wireless control products such as our Safe Remote Control System (SRCS) and our Wireless Emergency Stop, both of which offer awesome ergonomics and industry-leading safety. The SRCS got great writeups in Equipment World and Gizmodo.
In addition to these stock products, HRI can also support co-design wireless programs, whether it’s embedded control electronics, wireless communication links, emergency stopping architectures, custom handheld controllers, or some combination of the above to assist a customer-led design effort.
Please let us know if you’d like more information, and we hope this finds you well.
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
Humanistic Robotics, Inc., (HRI) a robotics and technology innovator dedicated to making the world safer with technology, has partnered with Critical Solutions International (CSI) to package HRI’s landmine and IED rollers with CSI’s life-saving Husky vehicle, thus increasing the capabilities of CSI’s offerings.
Known for its innovative, user-centered approach, HRI developed its mine rollers with funding from the U.S. Army and has now deployed them in multiple operations across Africa and the Middle East. From commercial oil and gas development, to peacekeeping missions and army engineering missions worldwide, route clearance is on the rise. Moreover, as new conflicts involving asymmetric warfare grow across the globe, landmine/IED protection strategy becomes increasingly important.
“The landmine and IED problem needs a multi-faceted toolbox to confront it, and our rollers provide an additional tool, adding value to CSI and their customers,” said Samuel Reeves, Co-Founder and CEO, HRI. “Our rollers allow for protection in higher speed situations and with CSI’s tremendous history of safe detection, it is the ideal match. We are excited to partner with such a respected company whose mission aligns so perfectly with ours.”
Rollers are used to combat landmines and IEDs, with an ultimate goal of protecting the personnel traveling in a convoy where ease of use and maintenance are critical. HRI’s rollers lead in accuracy, effectiveness and safety, and offer a radical simplicity that enables users to replace most parts in minutes without the need for a maintenance depot. HRI delivers great results because the roller is calibrated to always exert the threshold ground force requirement even on very difficult, uneven roads.
“HRI’s rollers provide CSI with the ability to deliver a more comprehensive offering – increasing survivability and saving lives,” said Patrick Callahan, CEO, CSI. “This need is on the rise, and a partnership like this makes perfect sense.”
Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
111 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Greetings from Humanistic Robotics, (HRI) a technology company focused on the safe wireless control of machines and robots. We’re reaching out to tell you about an exciting new product – a Wireless Emergency Stop, that lets you stop any machine remotely and immediately from wherever you are.
Unlike fixed E-Stops, HRI’s Wireless E-Stop can go everywhere you go, and lets you intervene in dangerous or unproductive situations more immediately than you can with fixed E-Stops. It can be integrated easily into your existing fixed E-Stop architecture, is designed to meet ISO13849 Category 3 Performance Level D, and can be found on our website here:
This product complements our existing Safe Remote Control System, a full-featured handheld wireless controller that offers awesome ergonomics and industry-leading safety. It got a great write-up in Equipment World recently.
All HRI products include our SafetySense® communication protocol, which is designed to ensure that critical control messages – like emergency stop signals – always find their intended recipient.
In addition to these stock products, HRI can also support co-design wireless programs, whether it’s embedded control electronics, wireless communication links, emergency stopping architectures, or some combination of the above to assist a customer-led design effort.
Please let us know if you’d like more information, and we hope this finds you well.
Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
111 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For the full article please visit the following link to GIZMODO
A robotic minesweeper aims to defuse lethal roadside bombs that represented the signature weapon killed or wounded thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The all-terrain vehicle developed by Oshkosh Defense resembles an ordinary military vehicle equipped with a mine roller that can clear the way ahead of convoys without a human driver.
Oshkosh Defense has worked with both the U.S. Marines and Army to figure out how its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle could act as the vanguard or scout for manned military vehicles—using mine rollers and ground penetrating radar detector to locate and set off mines or improvised explosive devices(IEDs). In a worst-case scenario, the TerraMax minesweeper could take the brunt of roadside bomb explosions or ambushes and spare the human soldiers following behind in their own vehicles. Oshkosh recently showed off its vehicle’s capability to navigate courses simulating minesweeping missions at the Eurosatory 2014 defense exhibition held in Paris from June 16-20.
For the complete article in IEEE Spectrum please click on the following link: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/robotics/military-robots/robot-minesweeper-vehicle-demoed-in-mock-military-missions?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrum+(IEEE+Spectrum)
For more about Oshkosh Defense please visit: https://oshkoshdefense.com/
HRI featured in Equipment World article:
Over the years, advances in controls have greatly improved intuitiveness and thus simplified the operation of construction equipment in many cases. Beyond that, ever-improving GPS technology and machines like Komatsu’s intelligent Machine Control dozers and upcoming excavator, point to a not-so-distant future where a lot of operators could be doing so from outside of their machine entirely.