What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

2 comments November 6th, 2008at 11:11pm Posted by Eli

I, for one, welcome our 700-ton robot overlords…

The largest truck in the world is about to become the largest robotic vehicle in the world. Computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up with engineers from Caterpillar to automate the 700-ton trucks, which are made to haul loads up to 240 tons from mines.

That’s nearly two million pounds of metal, fuel and stone powered by a 3,550-horsepower, 24-valve engine moving at up to 42 miles per hour, with software and a robot at the wheel.

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The Caterpillar trucks will be equipped with numerous high-tech gadgets and software to keep them on the road. GPS receivers would continuously monitor the location and direction of the trucks.

Laser range finders would sweep the road in front of the trucks to identify large objects. Video equipment would then determine if the object is a hazard, such as a rock, or not. All of the information would then be run through a computer program that would tell the robotic driver to avoid the obstacle or not and by how much.

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The software to run the trucks will be adapted from CMU’s part in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Urban Challenge, a competition that required unmanned vehicles equipped with sensors and artificial intelligence systems to navigate through an urban environment filled with obstacles. The software will require some changes to adapt to mines, Stentz said, but he wouldn’t elaborate on the details.

Fully automated mining trucks promise to reduce maintenance costs while increasing productivity. While being careful not to say what Caterpillar’s performance expectations will be, Stentz offered a “very rough calculation” that by running at peak capacity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the trucks could be up to 100 percent more productive.

This really is very cool, just so long as we don’t have a Maximum Overdrive situation.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

2 Comments

  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 7th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Laser range finders would sweep the road in front of the trucks to identify large objects. Video equipment would then determine if the object is a hazard, such as a rock, or not.

    No doubt SWAT teams with anti-tank weapons will be standing by for the day the first one goes rogue.

  • 2. ::matthew  |  November 7th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Jesus is coming and he is pissed!


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