Teleo, a company that creates autonomous technology for heavy construction equipment, and Storm Equipment, a distributor of commercial snow plow equipment, has introduced what they suggest is the only remote-operated and autonomous industrial snow plow commercially offered in the U.S.

The companies retrofitted a John Deere 332G skid steer loader with Storm Equipment's Metal Pless snow plow blade and Teleo Supervised Autonomy, Teleo's technology that enables remote and autonomous operations. The machine is designed for mass snow clearing in large open areas such as industrial parking lots. Customers can order the retrofit of any make and model of heavy equipment for remote-operated and autonomous operations from Teleo, along with an autonomous-ready snow plow blade properly sized for each machine type from Storm Equipment.

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Once outfitted with Teleo's retrofit kit, the machines are supervised by an operator from a central command center. The machines are created to help solve staffing shortages in the commercial snow-plow industry, where snow contractors are covering larger regions and working long overnight hours, by allowing a single hired operator to work in multiple regions simultaneously. Initially, the snow plows will be remote-operated and autonomous capabilities will be added in the first half of 2024.

"Snow removal companies typically don't have just one make or model in their fleets, so the fact that Teleo's technology can be retrofitted onto virtually any make and model of heavy machinery makes it a great option for the industry. Utilizing Teleo's game-changing system, the shrinking pool of skilled snow plow operators can cover a lot more ground in a shorter time period. With the click of a button, they can move to a different loader and plow on a jobsite across town, or even in a different state. This effectively could quadruple the productivity of a single skilled staff member, creating massive operational efficiencies for the snow contractor. This technology could also open up snow plowing opportunities to those who are not already heavy equipment operators," the companies explained.

Fleets of machines that are used for applications such as loading gravel, peat moss and other bulk materials in warmer months are used to move snow in the winter months. Teleo's technology can reportedly be easily retrofitted on those fleets, thereby introducing the ability to integrate remote and semi-autonomous technology without the need to purchase new machines. The same machines can be used year-round for snow removal, landscaping and other site work. This level of flexibility makes the system extremely scalable and cost effective.

For more information, watch the accompanying video, which appears curtesy of Teleo.

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