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The self-driving ice resurfacer
WM technics took their first
step towards the future with their innovative,
one-press, integrated automatic mode: At just one press
of the button, all operations are activated in a
WM technics have now taken
the next leap forward and, with
the WM Autopilot, automation in the work place has
reached a new peak. The self-driving vehicle is
capable of completely resurfacing the ice rink without a
driver, proving itself to be of invaluable assistance
both to the stadium managers and the resurfacer
operators: While the ice resurfacer is resurfacing the
ice, the operator has time to get on with other things.
The autopilot mode is ideal
for the last cleaning of the day and for interim cleans.
The innovative Autopilot function is available for the
WM Mammoth, WM Shira, and WM evo2 ice
resurfacers, and these WM models can also be retrofitted
with the Autopilot system at any time.
How does it work?
WM Autopilot ice resurfacers
are fitted with a positioning system: The sensors are
mounted to the vehicle and in the ice stadium. A
powerful computing unit within the vehicle processes the
immense amount of data required for autonomous driving.
The positioning system allows
the vehicle to cover the whole ice rink on a predefined
route and carry out resurfacing independently. WM
Autopilot is controlled by means of a mobile
phone app: A variety of cleaning configurations
are available to choose from, including non-standard
drive cycles. Resurfacing times can
be calculated with pinpoint precision. With the
WM Autopilot, ice stadium managers and events’
organizers have the certainty of adhering to scheduled
ice resurfacing times during competitions.
The self-driving WM resurfacing vehicles with autopilot are easily controlled by means of a mobile phone app. When paired
with the vehicle you wish to run on autopilot, the app will display the battery status and water
levels of the vehicle and allow you to set all the most important parameters such as blade
depth, water application and driving speed.
These settings can be changed and fine-tuned at any time, even during resurfacing. The app also displays a variety
of cleaning patterns, from a quick clean of the ice right through to classic resurfacing. Simply choose the configuration you want, set Autopilot in motion and
off it goes! The vehicle will now begin to resurface the ice, and the time required for job completion is shown on the display.
These settings can be changed and fine-tuned at any time, even during resurfacing.
The app also displays a variety of cleaning patterns, from a quick clean of the
ice right through to classic resurfacing. Simply choose the configuration you want, set Autopilot in motion and
off it goes! The vehicle will now begin to resurface the ice, and the time required for job completion is shown
on the display.
Safety comes first
A self-driving vehicle. And what happens if it goes out of control? Naturally, even
though the risks are limited in an ice stadium compared to the dangers posed by a public street, this is an unavoidable worry.
WM technics adopt the highest of safety measures: A 5-level redundant safety system enable the vehicle to stop at any moment in the event of impending danger. In case of emergency, there are also a number of emergency buttons on the outside of the vehicle.