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HBC-Radiomatic looks to autonomous controls

German radio remote control specialist HBC-Radiomatic has formed a development partnership with German technology and autonomous control manufacturer Reichhardt Steuerungstechnik, to develop combined manual and autonomous control systems for self-propelled machines.

Reichhardt has a strong presence in the agricultural market with products such as Smart Farmer and autonomous steering controls for tractors and combine harvesters etc... while HBC-Radiomatic has substantial expertise with manual remote controls. The two companies began talking last year and quickly realised the potential benefits of working together. They will initially focus on machines for the agricultural and municipal markets, but there are potential benefits for cranes, telehandlers and aerial lifts in the future.
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Thomas Roels of HBC-Radiomatic (L) with Thomas Pohlmann of Reichhardt

Reichhardt managing director Thomas Pohlmann, said: "HBC-Radiomatic has a first class name in the industry as a highly innovative company and as a quality provider with many years of experience in the development of customised, safe radio control systems, which corresponds exactly to our own company philosophy and also to the expectations of our customers. We are therefore very pleased to be able to offer the market trend setting, integrated solutions with HBC-Radiomatic as a partner with immediate effect."

Thomas Roels, sales manager and director for HBC-Radiomatic, added: "The efficient combination of our wireless, operator guided controls with technologies for autonomous driving of machines is also becoming increasingly important in our markets. With Reichhardt, we now have an enormously experienced, high performance partner at our side who, like us, stands for high quality, innovative developments and with whom we can tap into many new potentials."