Autonomous wheel loader control system

A new control system architecture to automate the control of a wheel loader.
Technology No. 2023-008
IP Status: Provisional Patent Application Filed


  • Control of an automated wheel loader or other off-road vehicle

Technology Overview

Currently, a human driver controls both the drive and work functions of a wheel loader, which often results in high fuel consumption or low productivity. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a new control system architecture for automated wheel loaders. This technology ensures autonomous operation of the engine in providing the required power for both the drivetrain and work circuit in real-time. By systematically coordinating the drive and work functions, the control system can provide more than 20% energy benefits while maintaining productivity.

Phase of Development

TRL: 5-6
Simulation is completed. Hardware-in-the-loop test is being carried out.

Desired Partnerships

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  • License
  • Sponsored research
  • Co-development

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