Servo Magazine (January 2009)

Heavy-Duty Hauler

By Jeff Eckert    View Digital Edition  


In many nooks and crannies of the bot industry, miniaturization is the name of the game. Not so at Caterpillar, Inc. (http://www.cat.com), which is working with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute (http://www.ri.cmu.edu) to develop autonomous versions of haul trucks used in mining operations. Among them is the 793D haul truck, which can handle payloads of 240+ tons. Aimed at increased productivity and zero-injury safety levels, the behemoths will be fitted with an array of gadgets to keep...

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