Terrain Processing Technology for Heavy Autonomous Excavator Navigation

Researchers from Baidu Research Robotics and Auto-Driving Lab (RAL) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have developed a real-time mapping approach for autonomous navigation of excavators on complex terrains named Terrain Traversability Mapping (TTM). Using TTM, an autonomous excavator can navigate through unstructured outdoor environments consisting of deep pits, steep hills, rock piles, and other complex terrain features.…

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Caterpillar Expands Remote-Control Operation to Excavator Line

New Cat Command for Excavating provides remote-control operation for select Cat excavators. Removing the operator from the machine in potentially hazardous operating environments, Command for Excavating enhances safe machine operation, while reducing operator fatigue to increase productivity. Six Cat excavators spanning the 20 to 40 metric ton class sizes – Cat 320, 323, 326, 330, 336 and 340 models – can…

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Here Come Autonomous Excavators

July 13, 2021 – Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Baidu Research Robotics and Auto-Driving Lab (RAL) have introduced an autonomous excavator system (AES), one of the first uncrewed projects to be deployed in real-world scenarios and continuously operating for more than 24 hours. According to Baidu, the AES can perform material loading tasks for a long duration without any human…

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Hyundai Adds Fuller as Senior Product Manager

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA) recently welcomed Mike Fuller back to the Product Marketing Team. He will be responsible for product training with its dealers with a focus on excavators.  He will work with Senior Product Specialist for Wheel Loaders Chad Parker to provide sales training and materials for the company’s dealers across the country. “We are delighted to…

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Hyundai to Develop Hydrogen-Fueled Excavators, Forklifts

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announced that its parent company, Hyundai Construction Equipment, recently entered into an agreement with Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Mobis to develop hydrogen-fueled excavators and forklifts, with development starting this year and plans to roll out the technology as soon as 2023. The three companies will collaborate on the technology at Hyundai’s Mabuk Research Center in Yongin-si,…

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