Remote control of Bobcat loaders

The MaxControl system developed by Bobcat enables operators to control its compact loaders remotely via an app, using an iPhone or iPad.

by Steven Vale

17 Nov 2021

Compatible with all Bobcat loaders with Selectable Joystick Control dating back to 2004, MaxControl is claimed to be as intuitive as using a phone app. No extra gadgets or service technician is needed and being app-based makes it easy to get the newest features the moment they are available.

Benefits of being able to operate outside the cab include eliminating blind spots in front of the loader when lifting and carrying large loads, and it is said to come in handy when working close to livestock or cleaning inside barns.

Also, operators can dig posts or install fences without getting in and out of the cab. Some two person jobs can now be achieved solo, such as loading a Bobcat onto a trailer without the need to rely on an additional set of eyes.

Available now on iOS devices (Android version will be available shortly), the system uses a Wi-Fi signal to communicate with the customer’s iOS device and operates in a range of up to 100m. In remote areas with poor connectivity, the system keeps the operator logged on for 12 hours of operation.

Looking ahead, the company has much wider plans for the MaxControl system. “We are looking to make a simple modular solution, with one hardware box for the groundwork, laying the foundation for other features,” comments Vijayshekhar Nerva, head of innovation and acceleration for Doosan Bobcat EMEA.

“Remote operation is the first feature and we are looking into adding more in the future such as object avoidance and semi-autonomy.”