Doosan Infracore said on April 9 that it has showcased a 5G remote controllable excavator at an international trade fair in Germany.
The excavator in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea was successfully operated via the latest super high speed network from a control station in Munich, where the Bauma 2019 fair is being held. The remote system worked smoothly and in real time despite the 8,500-kilometer distance.
Doosan Infracore said it worked with Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus to set up the 5G link and that further work is under way to expand the technology to reduce lag and ensure a secure data link.
“The latest test shows that construction machinery can be operated anywhere in the world through a remote connection, which opens vast possibilities going forward,” the company stressed.
Sensors on the excavator, which was equipped with a “3D machine guidance solution,” relayed detailed three-dimensional information about its surroundings to the operator for better situational awareness.
The company said it displayed a total of 23 excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks at the Bauma event.
In particular, it claimed that the small, eco-friendly G2 engines used in some of its models met rigorous Stage-V fine dust emission standards set by the European Union. The company said its newest zero-tail swing excavators that were unveiled at the fair are ideally suited for European markets, where streets tend to be small.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)