Autonomous Loading System Project

The ALS project is developing technologies with the intent to improve the productivity and reduce the cost of mass excavation. In a typical mass excavation application, a loading machine digs material from a face and dumps the material in a truck, with a throughput of hundreds of trucks per day. The process is repetitive and continues day and night and in most weather conditions. The type of loading machine and truck can vary, as can the material to be loaded which may range from sand to hard rock. Other issues include maintaining safety of all machines and personnel in the loading area and coordination of multiple machines to achieve a prescribed goal.

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