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Robots and drones: addressing agriculture's long-term structure challenges

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World first: Volvo test autonomous hauler in mine

This video gives detail about the world's first test of an autonomous truck in a mine. Volvo's vehicle is being put into daily use in the facility located in Kristenberg in northern Sweden. For more on the ways in which autonomous vehicle technology is transforming mining click here.

November 2016



Demonstration of NASA's space mining machine

NASA has unveiled the RASSOR 2.0 (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot), a machine specifically designed for mining in space. It features counter-rotating drums to give near-zero horizontal and minimal vertical net reaction force to enable it to generate enough force to dig even when the gravity is low. Controlled wirelessly, loading is accomplished by scoops on the drums, spinning at around 20rpm, and its symmetrical shape enables it to continue digging if it overturns. This video shows RASSOR 2.0 demonstrating an in situ resource utilization (ISRU) with a simulated propellant production exercise, exactly the type of task needed for a successful mars mining mission.
For more on technology that could one day lead to off-world mining vehicles click here.

November 2016



What Caterpillar vehicles looked like in the 1930s

This fascinating slice of industrial vehicle history takes a look back at the Caterpillar Showroom, which opened in 1930 as the largest single room in the world used by a manufacturer to display its products.

November 2016



New Kramer 5er Series tele wheel loaders in action

Kramer's new 5er Series tele wheel loaders, seen in action here, feature simple operation, compact design and manoeuvrability. Other key features are: undivided frames and all-wheel steering for constant payload, stability and manoeuvrability; spacious newly developed cabs with superb all-round visibility; efficient high-pressure drive system for low operating costs and high thrusting force.

November 2016



AMV-styled WM vehicle reaches finals of prestigious Italian design awards

The Mammoth, an ice-resurfacing machine manufactured by WM in Bolzano, Italy, and shown in action in this video, has reached the final pre-selection stage for the ADI Compasso D’Oro (the 'Golden Compass') Award – the oldest industrial design award of Europe and one of the greatest honors of industrial design in the world. Every aspect of the styling for this vehicle was done in collaboration with AMV Design. click here.

November 2016



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