United Rentals Teams With 5D Robotics to Bring Autonomous Driving Technology to Rental Yards

Published by , December 21, 2015 11:40 am

(International Rental News) — United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in the world, has teamed up with automation specialist 5D Robotics to bring autonomous driving technology to its operations. The companies said the 5D technology prevented collisions, enabled multiple vehicles to follow a person or lead vehicle (known as “wagon-training”), and allowed operators to create and modify autonomous paths throughout a facility.

Helge Jacobsen, United Rentals vice president of operational excellence, said that seeing autonomous vehicle technology function in the company’s rental yards had been an eye opener. David Bruemmer, 5D Robotics co-founder and CEO, said, “5D has pioneered precision positioning and autonomous driving software that performs reliably in difficult, dynamic environments.”

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