Trimble's path planning software automates equipment route, speed, and trajectory
Trimble has launched its new advanced path planning technology. This software-based technology gives users and equipment manufacturers the ability to optimize and automate the trajectory, speed, and overall path design of industrial equipment to help increase the efficiency of work. Manufacturers can now provide their users with an easy-to-integrate, automated solution that works not only with Trimble systems, but also with an equipment manufacturer's existing system. The technology will also be available within Trimble Connected Farm and Trimble Construction Cloud, offering an end-to-end experience to Trimble end users.
Traditional path planning options require manual set-up, which impacts productivity, consistency, and execution. By contrast, Trimble's advanced path planning technology offers automated, full path, complete project trajectory from entry to exit, including logistics points. The technology allows plans to be created in the office and adjustments made in the field or work site. In addition, it is optimized for complex fields, unique site shapes, obstacles, and avoidance zones.
"Our new path planning technology is the next step in Trimble's vision of making fully autonomous solutions available across industries, regardless of brand, type of equipment, or use case," says Finlay Wood, general manager of off-road autonomy at Trimble. "With this easy-to-integrate solution, we've taken another significant step towards full autonomy. It enables our customers to reduce waste and simplify complex tasks, whether they are in the cab or not – part of our vision to meet operators where they are on their path toward fully autonomous solutions."
This new software capability will enable a broad range of autonomous applications across a variety of industries, including construction and agriculture.
Trimble tested the technology with HORSCH. The test integrated path planning technology into HORSCH's self-propelled PT and VL sprayer series to provide an autonomous, four-wheel-drive solution. Trimble is also currently testing this technology with Dynapac as part of its autonomous compactor. This new technology was demonstrated at the Dimensions+ 2022 user conference in Las Vegas and bauma 2022 in Munich, Germany.
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