Driverless tow tractor automates battery charging

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Seegrid, a manufacturer of infrastructure-free, self-driving vehicles for materials handling, has announced the launch of its first vision guided vehicle (VGV) to feature auto-charge integration and an enhanced sensing technology.

The GT10 Series 7 Plus automated tow tractor features a shorter mast structure to accommodate facilities with height restrictions, comes standard with auto-hitch capabilities, and features reverse sensing for added functionality.

It also comes with auto-charge technology, which allows the user to automate the VGV battery charging process.

Seegrid GT10 Series 7 Plus automated tow tractor removes the need for human assistance to complete the “repetitive and hazardous” task of battery maintenance

The new auto-charge functionality is integrated into Seegrid Supervisor, the company’s fleet management software, which monitors the vehicle battery levels, automatically sends vehicles to charging stations, and schedules vehicles to return to production once a full charge is reached.

“The GT10 Series 7 Plus closes the automation loop by providing an end-to-end solution with charging in-between jobs, removing the need for human assistance to complete the repetitive and hazardous task of battery maintenance,” said Jeff Christensen, Seegrid’s vice president of product.

“This not only allows for safer work environments, but it also provides a more consistent throughput for a rapid return on investment for our customers.”

Every VGV features 10 cameras that collect and interpret thousands of data points every second to create a 3D map of its environment.

According to Seegrid, this new advancement provides better manoeuvrability and visibility in tight spaces, while turning, and when moving backwards for increased customer throughput.

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