If the remote control concept is projected further down the line, the so-called shadow rollers quickly lead on to autonomously operating rollers. HAMM has adopted a scientific approach to the subject and has for the first time visualized the thinking on the subject in the form of the "Autonomous Roller F1". This is not based on an actual machine, but is a study on the compaction of the future. It shows what a driverless roller with alternative drive concepts might look like and what technical, organizational and economic opportunities might be derived for road construction. At the end of 2018, HAMM was accoladed with the "Best of Best" award at the Automotive Brand Contest 2018 in the category "Commercial Vehicles" for this innovative vision of the future. Added to this achievement was the "German Design Award 2019 in Gold" in the category "Utility Vehicles" at the beginning of 2019. Both are prestigious design prizes awarded by international juries from the automotive and design worlds.
The working environment of the future
The progressive developments are also set to transform workplaces in the compaction sector. Obviously, however, a totally autonomous, driverless construction site remains in the distant future. This is the reason why in recent years HAMM has developed the Easy Drive operating concept for the current generations of tandem rollers, compactors and pneumatic tire rollers. HAMM has consequently succeeded in simplifying and standardizing the operation of the rollers. HAMM has, therefore, taken ergonomics and operator comfort to a new level. The company will continue to pursue this path in the years ahead and is presenting a new cabin concept at bauma 2019. With even more space and scope for individual adjustment of the workplace, the working environments in the next generation of rollers will be even more agreeable and comfortable than before. Another aspect is the presentation of information for the roller drivers. The developers are currently working on alternative concepts for the integrated display of all machine and construction site data. Here the emphasis is on providing the drivers with clear and comprehensive information on the machine and the compaction process, enabling them to record and evaluate the status quickly and easily. This brings about an improvement in compaction quality, while reducing the physical burden.