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Hyster-Yale Group and Balyo in deal to market lift truck robotics

Balyo's technology enables trucks to navigate without the help of any reflectors, wires or magnets


January 18, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

Greenville, North Carolina—Hyster-Yale Group has entered into a preferred vendor cooperation agreement with robotics specialist Balyo Inc to market self-guided trucks in North America.

Through this agreement, Hyster-Yale Group, the manufacturer of Hyster and Yale lift trucks, will broaden its capabilities by offering robotic high-productivity solutions for the materials handling industry, while Balyo aims to accelerate adoption of its innovative robotic solutions.

The technology enables trucks to navigate without the help of any reflectors, wires or magnets. Instead the technology selects structural elements of the facility to build a map. Once the map is created, each self-guided truck compares, in real time, what its navigation module sees against the stored map, allowing the truck to self-locate, and move along its intended path.

Balyo Inc., based in Massachusetts, is a 100 percent-owned subsidiary of Balyo SA, a French company headquartered in Moissy-Cramayel, France. It specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of autonomous driving forklifts based on standard trucks.