Hyster-Yale Group has entered into a preferred vendor cooperation agreement with robotics specialist Balyo Inc. to market self-guided lift trucks in North America. HYG, which manufactures Hyster and Yale lift trucks, will broaden its capabilities by offering robotic high-productivity solutions for the materials handling industry, while Balyo aims to accelerate adoption of its robotic solutions.

The Balyo technology enables trucks to navigate without the help of reflectors, wires or magnets. Instead the technology selects structural elements of the facility to build a map. Once the map is created, each self-guided truck compares, what its navigation module sees against the stored map, allowing the truck to self-locate, and move along its intended path.

Balyo, based in Massachusetts, is a 100-percent owned subsidiary of Balyo SA, a French company based in Moissy-Cramayel, France. It specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of autonomous driving forklifts based on standard trucks.