Volvo CE to test 5G-enabled remote-controlled wheel loaders

By |  March 20, 2019
According to Volvo CE, 5G will make remote control simpler and safer, and also offer a solution for handling massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection. Photo courtesy of Volvo CE

According to Volvo CE, 5G will make remote control simpler and safer, and also offer a solution for handling massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection. Photo courtesy of Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Telia and Ericsson launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna.

According to Volvo CE, the 5G network will be used at its research and development facility in Eskilstuna to further develop solutions for remote control of construction machinery and fully automated solutions.

Using the 5G network, Volvo CE also plans to drive its developments in automation. The company will test the network using remote-controlled wheel loaders.

“Automation has several levels, and having 5G is an important technical support to enable us to drive development in this area,” says Melker Jernberg, president at Volvo CE. “These trials in Eskilstuna will include the remote control of a conventional wheel loader but also further tests of the HX2 concept load carrier.”

Even with fully-automated systems, human intervention is still needed now and again for control. According to Volvo CE, 5G will make remote control simpler and safer while also offering a solution for handling massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection.

“We can see that the industry’s interest in 5G is considerable,” Jernberg says. “Automation of the entire flow will mean new ways of working and greater gains from efficiency. But to connect business-critical machines and vehicles requires a solution that is able to handle the massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection. That is what 5G can give us.”

Allison Barwacz

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Allison Barwacz is the digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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