In a technological world, where automation is leading the charge. What impact does this have on vehicle design and lighting?
As technology and automation becomes more common, we will see, in the not too distant future, autonomous vehicles making more of an impact in the Off Highway industries.
Automatic cars are already hitting the headlines with trials in on road capabilities and the off highway industry is not too far behind.
A quiet revolution is underway with key players introducing their visions of the automotive future. Case IH and New Holland both introduced their new autonomous tractors in 2016. Autonomous tractors use a lot of the same advanced sensors and systems that a true self-driving vehicle would, so it is no surprise that these are taking the lead in this field (pardon the pun!). However, other off highway manufacturers are also starting to develop their answer to the need for automation. Caterpillar have launched their CAT® Command for hauling solutions, pitched at boosting safety, productivity and availability on busy mine sites. Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System was first deployed in 2016 but was in development since 1990.
But, how does vehicle lighting fit into the mix?
Autonomous vehicles might be used both with and without a driver for different conditions. But even when there is no driver the lighting will play an important role to improve safety and visibility to those working around the machine.