Remote control is an important step in what Cat calls the “road to autonomy.” Before your mind goes to the typical shoulder-harness remote-control console, think bigger.
Enter the new Cat Command Station, which looks more like a virtual reality training station. But the machines the operators are controlling in the station are quite real.
The Cat Command Station is designed for what is referred to as non-line-of-sight operation. Operator and machine can be around the corner … or miles away.
To be clear: this is not a solution for more typical in-and-out earthmoving applications.
So why would contractors want their operators operating a machine they aren’t in and in most cases can’t see?
The topmost answer is safety.
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