Seegrid notches 1 million miles with self-driving vehicles

Apr 09, 2018

Seegrid, which uses connected self-driving vehicles for materials handling, has announced that its self-driving vehicles have reached 1 million production miles at customer sites without a single personnel safety incident. Having now traveled the equivalent of 40 times around the earth, Seegrid vision guided vehicles (VGVs) have logged more infrastructure-free miles at customer sites than any other infrastructure-free AGV company.

According to OSHA, in the United States, someone dies every three days in a forklift accident and each year 34,900 serious injuries occur, making worker safety a massive factor in any factory or warehouse setting. Seegrid is the first and only company to hit this 1 million accident-free mile mark.

“Seegrid hitting this impressive milestone demonstrates that workplace automation can be implemented in a safe and efficient manner across industries,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Robotic Industries Association. “One million accident-free miles is a remarkable accomplishment considering the complex and dynamic nature of today’s industrial facilities, and it highlights the maturation of this automation market, which we expect to continue growing as demand for self-driving vehicles rises globally.”

“Seegrid self-driving vehicles have reduced the number of miles driven by the team members who work in our retail support centers, allowing us to redeploy our folks to more value-added roles while improving overall safety,” said Joe Hurley, senior vice president of supply chain at Giant Eagle. “The self-driving vehicles travel on predefined routes and follow all safety rules, creating an environment of efficiency and predictability.

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