Japanese construction vehicle autopilot system works without GPS

Taisei has developed an automatic vehicle control technology that works without a satellite positioning system.

Among the main advantages of the new technology, the developers note the independence of the system from signals that may simply be inaccessible behind natural barriers or underground.

In particular, the new solution may be of interest to construction companies that regularly work underground.

During the test, Taisei built a 3D map of the tunnels using a laser sensor system.

During the work, the equipment not only moved precisely in the right direction but also avoided emerging obstacles or stopped in front of them, scanning the space around them.

Until now, no one has offered such a technology in the Japanese market with a sufficient degree of readiness for use.

The test platform was a garbage truck, which moved through the tunnel at a speed of 5 km / h. The first trip with a driver behind the wheel was used to draw up a three-dimensional map, the subsequent car could already make in automatic mode.

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