Bobcat has launched the MaxControl Remote Control system enabling operators to control Bobcat compact loaders remotely via an app, using an iPhone or iPad.
The MaxControl system provides a new remote control solution for applications in many markets including construction, demolition, agriculture, landscaping, cleaning, recycling, and general lifting and handling.
According to the company, MaxControl means that owners of Bobcat loaders do not need the latest machines or costly hardware updates to enjoy the benefits of remote control.
The system is compatible with all Bobcat loaders with Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC) dating as far back as 2004. It is currently available on iOS devices, with plans to create an Android version.
Vijayshekhar Nerva, head of innovation and acceleration for Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “The job site of the future is a more connected place and gamification will play a vital role.
“Changing demographics and consumer preferences are pushing our industry into categories that have been unheard of or have been poorly addressed in the machinery sector. At the same time, the need to address environmental impact, safety, and elimination of downtime has become paramount.
“Our innovation team has delivered a solution that is complex enough to improve productivity on the jobsite and at the same time, packaged to be accessible and simple to use.
“MaxControl was born out of these ideals and changing preferences to address our ability to not just keep up but keep ahead of competition in both ‘the Iron’ as well as the Digital side of our business.”
Bobcat has wider plans for the MaxControl system, including the addition of object avoidance and semi-autonomy.
Image credit: Bobcat
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