The fully electric, zero emission GaiaX is fitted with rechargeable batteries but can also be used while plugged in to an external electrical power source. It’s easy to operate, providing the ultimate in comfort, efficiency, productivity and safety.
Operators can still sit on the excavator in the traditional way – required for precise movements and transport – but most applications can be carried out remotely using an augmented reality tablet computer. The main benefit of this transparent, iPad-like device is that only one person is required to use the machine – the operator can dig and keep an eye on the surrounding environment at the same time. Remote operation also allows the machine to be used in potentially dangerous situations, while the operator maintains a safe distance.
Passers-by are protected by warning sensors that alert the operator to their presence while an airbag – inspired by the side airbags used in Volvo cars – inflates from the seat to shield the operator in case of collisions, roll-over or falling objects. The machine is also equipped with an integrated first aid kit. The orange guard rails command the attention of those around the job site for a high degree of safety.
The GaiaX project has been an incredible opportunity for us to experiment with the way construction equipment is used – we feel as if we are paving the way to the future of Volvo and perhaps the industry too.Design director at Volvo CE
Our design team were challenged to work in different ways by collaborating with a Swedish furniture designer. Meet the designers and the innovators in this behind-the-scenes video, and hear their stories and ideas on how the GaiaX concept came to life.
Download the free Volvo Gaiax App and explore the concept machine and its interface on your Android or iPad tablet. Point your camera at the printed target and take a look around the Volvo GaiaX. You can then explore the machine's features and operate the boom and arm on the recreated machine interface.
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