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Self Guided Vehicles

What if you could have a whole army of vehicles that could autonomously work for your company? Actually, it is possible, and has been for some time. The first self guided vehicle was created in 1953. Since then self guided vehicles also called automated guided vehicles can do assigned jobs for your company autonomously. The modern generations of these machines have advanced drastically in efficiency and intelligence. Typically, each vehicle is designed for one specific task, some more intricate than others. One common design is a forked vehicle. They are able to do all of the same tasks as a standard driven forklift with little or no help from a driver.

In fact, many industries utilize these vehicles including automotive assembly, plastic manufacturing, aerospace and even the postal service. This short list does not do justice to the vast range of industries that self guided vehicles help. A majority are guided by laser systems that make the forked vehicles safe to operate around human employees. Others have fixed routes that are marked for the vehicles as well as programmed into their computer systems for accuracy. Most manufacturers offer customizable vehicles to fit specific company and industries needs for compatibility, rigidity, strength or maneuverability.

Further, other obvious reasons to using this type of machinery are the cost effectiveness, reliability and repeatability. Now you have a workforce that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Additionally, there is less liability of a worker becoming injured for moving large shipments. Many reasons point to the increases in the use of forked vehicles in industry. In the future, we can look forward to this technology becoming more advanced and being implemented into more self guided vehicles. Already bits of this technology have been programmed into our cars, vans and trucks that we drive on a daily basis!