Digger Driving 4.0: Official release of Takeuchi excavators with Vemcon’s autopilot system

For the first time, Wilhelm Schäfer GmbH has integrated the novel, automatic control system of ESA BIC Bavaria startup Vemcon in its Takeuchi construction vehicles. From 14 – 17 September, visitors of the GaLaBau trade fair have the opportunity to attend live demonstrations at the outdoor action area in Nürnberg, Germany.

Vemcon’s CoPilot is an intelligent active assistance system for excavators which simplifies operation, helps to increase the efficiency and at the same time reduces operating errors. Operating construction machines often requires its drivers to simultaneously control components, such as boom, stick and bucket with speed and precision. To relieve the operator, Vemcon’s system automatically controls these tree functions of the cylinders. All other movements of the excavator are controlled by joystick as usual. Nevertheless, the operator can take over full control of the machine at any time and work as usual, by utilising the right joystick.  With this assisting Co-Pilot system up to 33% fewer joystick movements are needed.

For over 60 years, Schäfer has delivered construction-, land- and municipal technology in different market segments. The company is the main importer for Japanese Takeuchi compact excavators, crawler loader, dumpers and mini-dumpers in Germany. As a brand new feature, Schäfer is now offering its customers Vemcon’s CoPilot system incorporated in their excavators. GaLaBau is the perfect platform for Schäfer to present and officially release the Takeuchi excavator with the new autopilot system to the public.

The European trade fair GaLaBau is a meeting point for horticulture and the landscaping sector. In 13 exhibition halls and in outdoor action areas for machine demonstrations, this leading trade fair showcases the whole range of services for planning, construction and care of urban, green and open areas.

Explore Vemcon’s CoPilot System in the Takeuchi excavator at GaLaBau in Nürnberg, Germany at the booth of Schäfer at hall 7A/ 7A-302.


Vemcon GmbH
Vemcon increases the productivity of mobile machines. Their control system simplifies the challenges involved in handling excavators, graders, wheel loaders, as well as agricultural and municipal machinery. Operators can thus work more safely, rapidly and precisely with their machines.

Along with their OEM customers, they are developing and realising a simplified operating concept based on the Vemcon control system platform. They plan to apply the system and its components to meet customer-specific needs in a timely, cost-efficient manner, while providing corresponding serial products.

To increase the productivity of existing machines in the market, Vemcon also sells retrofit systems. These products are distributed by original equipment dealers to contractors and other machine operating companies.

Vemcon is part of the ESA BIC Bavaria incubation programme from June 2015 to May 2017.

Do you want to join the ESA BIC Bavaria programme with your business idea? Then have a closer look to the ESA BIC Bavaria programme and make it happen.

ESA BIC Bavaria has four selection rounds each year. The next application deadline for the incubation programme is 17 October 2016. Apply now for ESA BIC Bavaria

ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria
The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That does not mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.

ESA’s Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is ever since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). With more than 105 newly founded startups and more than 1,300 new jobs under its name, AZO’s incubation programme is one of Europe’s most successful initiatives in promoting the commercial use of aerospace technologies. ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners – ESA, the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, DLR, Airbus Defence and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land – provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.

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