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Hillhead Show Brings An Autonomous Truck For The First Time

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More than a dozen tyre-related firms are amongst the 600 or so exhibitors committed to participating in this year’s Hillhead show. From June 25 to June 27, visitors will witness an autonomous truck in action for the first time at Hillhead Show in a quarry in Buxton.

2024 Hillhead Show

The immersive nature of the show will blend digitally connected sites and technologies with the sector’s ongoing alternative fuel transformation.

Richard Bradbury, managing director of event organisers The QMJ Group explained: “When we open the show this year, visitors will be met by 600 exhibitors in a sell-out event. Demand from exhibitors has been unprecedented and we have already blasted a huge amount of material, creating a demonstration experience that will be our biggest yet. It will incorporate a squared-off quarry face area with two large elevated levels, making more demonstrations possible throughout the day.”

“These will include a full range of combined equipment displays with excavators, wheel loaders, ADTs, crushers, screeners and more. Big display highlights will be a 100-tonne excavator from Hyundai and the ‘all-electric’ stand of Volvo Equipment with dealer SMT GB, whilst Hitachi will showcase both machines and their fully connected site solutions,” Bradburry explained.

A Progressing Industry

Bradbury further spoke about this year’s Hillhead Show: “For this show, we have also recognised the continued importance of showing visitors how our industry is progressing. For example, our autonomous truck demo with Bell Equipment will be a real eye-opener this year. We are also a showcase for a lot of electric-powered machines this year, some of which will feature in our live demonstrations for the first time”

“From telemetry solutions to machine control, drones, AI-driven safety, and the latest advanced 3D site management and modelling, the connected site will come alive this year. And thanks to our continued investment in the Wi-Fi connectivity onsite, we will have live data feeds even from our demonstrations on site,” he continues.

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