Designed to conduct engineering tasks that are considered too dangerous for an operator, the autonomous unmanned Track Loader has a number of modes of operation including manual, remote control, teleoperation and fully autonomous operation.
- Manual operation allows a driver to drive and operate the Track Loader normally when tasks are considered safe.
- Remote control or teleoperation allows a driver to operate the Track Loader across a communications link from a safe location. All of the controls for driving and operating the machine and tools are replicated at a base station.
- Fully autonomous operation allows the driver to set a task for the Track Loader such as moving material. The Track Loader will complete the task without any further intervention from the operator.
The Track Loader development was delivered in partnership with JCB and was supported by Innovate UK as part of the Intelligent Autonomous Digital Construction Machines programme. HORIBA MIRA integrated its latest version of the Modular Autonomous Control System (MACE) to the roof of a drive by wire JCB 205T Track Loader. Use of a modular rack mounting enables the system to be easily moved on to other vehicles with little preparation. The third generation MACE system is HORIBA MIRA’s latest unmanned ground vehicle control system which continues to benefit from further testing and investments improving functionality and reliability.
Designed for both civil and defence use, the Autonomous Unmanned Track Loader can complete a number of different engineering tasks, many of which have been identified by the British Army in their Remote and Autonomous Systems (RAS) programme. Specifically the Track Loader is capable of unmanned support to combat engineering and manoeuvre as well as infrastructure build.