OSLO, NORWAY — Norwegian technology company Steer AS has launched a new cloud-based technology for remote control of construction equipment developed to increase production capacity and minimize risk by removing the operator from potentially dangerous operations and environments such as landfills, unstable terrain and land mines.
The machines can be controlled remotely via a high-resolution video with low latency or they can be run semi-autonomously via pre-defined routes.
Steer gives the driver the option to handle several pieces of equipment simultaneously and the driver can easily swap vehicles or equipment by using the touch screen, states a release issued by Steer, adding there are no limitations to the distance between the driver and the equipment as all communication is online based.
From the early stages of the development, the company has continuously tested the technology in different types of construction vehicles as part of pilot projects for customers such as Statnett, Orica Explosives and the Norwegian Armed Forces.
“We have successfully retrofitted and remotely controlled vehicles such as excavators, bulldozers and tractors from Caterpillar, Volvo and John Deere, among others,” said Steer’s head of development Lars Tronsmoen in the statement.
“The hardware and software developed by Steer makes the cloud technology extremely flexible and quick to install.”