Volvo Construction Equipment and Colas have teamed up to test a job site people-detection system using artificial intelligence to alert the operation when a person is in the vicinity of the machine. The companies plan to develop and test a range of concepts and prototypes geared toward work site safety.
Volvo recently tested this system at two Colas sites in accordance with their ‘Safer@Work’ research project. An asphalt plant and a quarry in Switzerland were among the test locations.
The technology implements different warning systems for both the operator and people within the surrounding area. “Safety is one of Volvo CE’s core values and we are actively working to create even safer work sites for employees, customers and anyone in the vicinity of our machines,” says Veit Kleeberg, Chief Project Manager for Safer@Work at Volvo CE. “When Colas approached us to partner on this research project we were keen to get involved…”
Given that the two companies share values, especially safety, the partnership was an ideal choice. “We wanted to partner with a construction equipment manufacturer and create an innovative safety system that would reduce the number of accidents involving people on construction sites,” says Philippe Simarik, Prevention, Health and Safety Director at Colas. The two groups will continue to work together to develop and test various new ideas, including the people detection concept.
Source: Volvo CE