Design Challenge - September 2013

Lumod - The Mobile Command Centre

LumodLooking into the future around the year 2033 the whole scenario of construction sites has changed a lot.

Safety and comfort of men have become most important. Automation level of vehicles of all kind has become dramatically high.


Autonomic machineries, guided by GPS and multiple sensor systems, work without human operators.

But of course AI cannot totally replace humans. As for that it is still necessary to have men involved. So the Mobile Command Centre (MCC) was developed carrying two cabins for one operator each.

Similar to a pilot and his wingman, these two operators mange the whole construction site from above having a perfect view over the situation. Aviation drones are monitoring the working drones on the ground and broadcast their view into the operator cabins.

Depending on the autonomic level of the working drones the operator has to assign different tasks to the drone. This is done by a 3D gesture control stick combined with voice control commanding. Additional hardware switches guarantee quick access to the safety relevant commands, e.g. emergency stop.

The windscreen of the cabin is prepared for augmented reality. So the operator can see status and warning situations of every drone. While commanding the drones he gets visuals of the assigned task, e.g. driving path and approx. time.

Since the operators are no longer workers on the construction vehicles but site mangers sitting comfortably out of any danger, their workplace has changed quite a lot. ROPS and FOPS regularities are no more relevant and limitation of space is obsolete. But in contrast to last decade’s cabins the weight has become an important criterion because there is a trend to bring the cabins higher into the air to gain even more survey of large sites.

To achieve lightweight, steel and rigid constructions are mostly replaced by plastics, some aluminium and first and foremost large glass surfaces. Due to new gluing methods all kinds of glass shapes can be build having a super strong stiffness generating a self-supporting cabin.

Intelligent materials and kinetics provide the operator with maximum comfort. For example electrophoric glass keeps the sunlight out of the cabin if whished by the operator.

The kinetic roof system can bring the operator in the shade at almost every altitude of the sun. Special materials deaden sound and give quality like appearance to the interior. Soiling in the cab is not a problem any more, so glossy painted and high quality materials like leather, aluminium and glossy finished wood are used to have a principal-like working place respecting the high responsibility borne by the operator.

Since it is very important to feel familiar with the working environment to work efficiently and satisfied, personalisation has become essential. Therefore the personal operator suitcase was invented. This box carries the personal belongings as well as a beverage bottle and all other stuff needed for a working day. This box can be inserted into the operators seat armrest initiating calibration (gesture and voice control) of the MCC to the individual operator and loading presets setting the parameters like ambient light, sun blinding, radio and so on to the individual likings of the operator linked to the inserted suitcase. 

The idea of a system like this was first presented at CEMAT in the year 2008 by Lumod and implemented in the Fritzmeier BAUMA Concept Cab of the year 2013 designed by Lumod.

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Based near Munich, Germany, the Lumod design agency is engaged in industrial product design as well as branding. Areas include automotive, utility vehicles, and sports and lifestyle





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