The applicable machines are the skid steer, multi terrain and compact track loaders.
The new RemoteTask system enables operators to precisely control the machines from outside the cab—as far away as 1,000 ft (300 m) and at a safe distance from potentially hazardous tasks and environments. The RemoteTask controls feature virtually no lag in machine response time. With RemoteTask, the remote operator’s performance is as fast and smooth as an in-cab operation. The intuitive remote control interface is designed to closely mimic in-cab machine controls, creating an easy operator transition from manual to remote operation. Transforming a machine is simple. It only takes about an hour for a Cat dealer to install the RemoteTask system. With the system installed, the machine can transition from manual to remote mode at the turn of a key switch. The system is completely transferrable between units.
The portable console allows the operator to move as needed for good lines of sight. RemoteTask can be integrated into 16 models of Cat D Series Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loaders and can control more than 200 work tools with all hydraulic functions controlled via the remote system. The RemoteTask remote control system will be available for purchase in North America in January 2016, followed with availability outside of North America later in the year.
TORC Robotics is a leading provider of unmanned and autonomous ground vehicle solutions for the defence, mining, automotive and agricultural industries. TORC components and technology have been integrated on over 100 unmanned and autonomous ground vehicle platforms ranging in size from 5 pounds to 240 tons. TORC’s robotic systems provide customers with rapid solutions by leveraging proven commercial-off-the-shelf technology to ensure customer solutions are provided on time and on budget. Source: http://www.cat.com/en_US/news/machine-press-releases/caterpillar-and-torcroboticslaunchremotecontrolsystemforcatskids.html