BMW’s Designworks division collaborates with John Deere to create “the backhoe of the future”. The concept was showcased at the recently held CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. The German car manufacturer as we know continues to work on new innovations which also involves drastic new changes.
With the use of advanced technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, the backhoe concept has been developed with sustainable building materials including lightweight metal matrix exoskeleton.
Perhaps to suit the ever-changing needs in the industry, the backhoe of the future nevertheless comes with more lightweight and flexible design. Part of their objective is to cut down on the vehicle’s weight by 20%. This will make their concept significantly lighter as compared with the normal equipment we see around today.
With the use of exoskeleton for example, the company was also able to help reduce the procedure’s environmental side effects by at least 10%. Plus, it does look like it is more cost effective to build and even comes with a flexible product design. Let’s say every region comes with varying environmental conditions, that means, a different backhoe is also necessary to meet their different specifications and requirements.
During its research and design procedure, BMW creates a name for the concept. Since it’s been trying to create some kind of a focal point for their project, they come up with Fixtern (or Fixed Star) for its name. This will allow the company to focus on its objective towards the future of mobility.
As a result, BMW and John Deere’s backhoe concept features an optimum efficient hybrid powertrain with uncompromised performance. The concept’s visibility and center of gravity are also enhanced in the process to offer better work output. Other than these, the unique backhoe comes with airless tires, extended wheelbase and forward stabilizers.
Inside the backhoe comes an easy to access operating station while the seat and controllers are set apart from the vehicle’s Rollover Protective Structure. This will help lessen the vibration and noise coming from outside. The machine intelligent controls meanwhile come with augmented reality interface to make operations more simple and easier to use.
At the end, BMW was able to share their knowledge as well as inspire change and transformation through Designworks’ latest project. The German automaker strongly believes that it is very important particularly when it comes to sustainable solutions--- regardless if it had to do with connectivity or product design as long as it will work towards the future.