Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) has become the first Korean company to develop driverless autonomous forklift trucks and are set to hit the market this month.
HCE recently held a product launch where it unveiled and demonstrated its newly developed autonomous forklift as well as related technologies. The autonomous forklift can determine optimal routes and can be remotely controlled using a routing control system that HCE developed along with it. It also has a vehicle control system onboard that features 2D safety laser scanners that can perceive the surroundings of the vehicle and detect obstacles in the direction of the vehicle path to prevent collision.
With these benefits, autonomous forklifts can greatly contribute to improving operational efficiency in warehouses where repetitive tasks are involved, in small and narrow spaces or other industrial spaces where full-day operations are required. They speed up productivity and greatly reduce the risk of accidents when they move along a planned path. They are expected to meet the needs of manufacturing companies that have adopted smart factory environments, which provide plant managers with remote access to equipment and machines.
In preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, HCE has proactively engaged in smart solution logistics businesses. In addition to the recently unveiled autonomous forklifts, the manufacturer plans to complete a battery control system for managing remaining voltage and a wireless charging system by the end of the year.
“As the market environment increasingly requires improved operational efficiency, automated and unmanned solutions for logistics processes are attracting a growing level of attention and demand,” says an official of HCE. “We are poised to take the lead in shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution by focusing on developing advanced solutions for logistics.”