Bobcat to Display Electrification and Autonomous Tech at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023

Bobcat will showcase its next-level electric innovations and will unveil two new concept machines with electric functionality.

Bobcat will showcase its next-level electric innovations and will unveil two new concept machines with electric functionality.
Bobcat will showcase its next-level electric innovations and will unveil two new concept machines with electric functionality.

Bobcat Company, a global compact equipment and worksite solutions brand, is set to showcase its latest lineup of products and innovations at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Electrification, autonomous operation and digital technologies will be on display as the company shares new ways these advancements are supporting compact equipment operations.

Electric Innovations

Bobcat will showcase its next-level electric innovations and will unveil two new concept machines with electric functionality. The lineup will feature a wide range of machines, from the all-electric T7X compact track loader to battery-electric excavators, including the E10e, E19e and E32e. This is the first North American trade show where these products will be exhibited following the T7X’s initial introduction at CES 2022.

The company plans to unveil two new electric concept machines during the show on Tuesday, March 14.

Digital Technology

With innovations in electrification, autonomous operation and digital technology, Bobcat continues to offer customers more choices, performance and technology for jobsites.

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023, Bobcat will exhibit a number of its digital features and technologies—some in concept form and others that are currently commercially available.

Collison Warning and Avoidance System

New in concept form is a collision warning and avoidance system designed to assist operators’ jobsite awareness. Compatible on select Bobcat compact track loaders and skid-steer loaders, the technology tracks an objects’ position, direction and speed relative to the machine. Using either the active or passive setting, the operator can receive an audible alert or enable the machine to stop automatically upon detecting an object in its path. While still in product development, the solution is expected to be available to customers in 2024.

Excavator featuring Bobcat Intelligent Control System

Bobcat is showcasing one of its latest technology concepts: Bobcat Intelligent Control System. Featured on an E60 excavator, the new intelligent controls support machine control and operation. With customization of work modes, operators can perform grading, trenching and slewing operations. The new Drive by Joystick mode allows operators to use the joysticks to travel, similar to Selectable Joystick Controls on a Bobcat loader. Bobcat Intelligent Control System on compact excavators will continue to drive future innovations, like depth check features, remote operation via Bobcat MaxControl and autonomous functionality. 

New Solutions for Advanced Display Technology

Bobcat is displaying the future of its advanced display technology with its transparent, touch display. The concept heads-up display, which operators can see through to also view the jobsite, can be positioned on the front windshield or a cab side window on a range of Bobcat machines, including compact excavators, telehandlers and loaders.

Bobcat MaxControl Remote Operation

With Bobcat MaxControl, operators can control their loader using an app on an iOS smartphone or tablet, thus allowing for operation outside of the cab.

Initially introduced in 2021, new to this innovative offering is a control device that operators can attach to their smartphone for remote operations. The remote control has a tactical joystick and button operations like a videogame controller. By moving the operating controls off the phone screen, operators can use the screen for control views.

Machine IQ Wireless Communications

Bobcat Machine IQ wireless communications is a tool that empowers operators of select Bobcat machines to access current and historical machine data. Bobcat machine owners and operators use Machine IQ to monitor the health of their machines and to remotely track information for maintenance, security and performance. Machine IQ empowers owners and operators of select Bobcat machines to get the most out of their compact equipment while protecting their investment at the same time.

This subscription-based service includes fleet management features to monitor and analyze fuel usage, operating hours, maintenance intervals and other information of connected machines in a large fleet. Machine IQ telematics devices are installed on select Bobcat machines before they leave the factory. Bobcat also offers an aftermarket kit that is compatible with most Bobcat machines to make them Machine IQ ready.

Features on Demand

Introduced by Bobcat in 2020, Features on Demand gives customers the flexibility to enable additional features on specific R-Series compact loader models as their needs change. Features on Demand includes automatic ride control, high-flow hydraulics, dual bucket positioning, 2-Speed travel, reversing fan and more. New to Features on Demand is auto throttle, which automatically applies engine rpm to tasks on the jobsite.