Will Machine Automation Ever Take Off in Construction?

Machine automation expert believes the urge to automate functions in construction equipment is fundamentally about “supercharging” people.

Komatsu is deploying 41 new model Komatsu 930E-5 ultra-class haul trucks, made autonomous ready.
Komatsu is deploying 41 new model Komatsu 930E-5 ultra-class haul trucks, made autonomous ready.
Komatsu Mining Corp.

Machine automation continues to grow in the heavy equipment industry, including construction. With it comes numerous benefits regarding safety, productivity and efficiency. 

Overall, automation enables people to do more says Professor Paul Newman, co-founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor based at Oxford University in the UK.

Increased sensor and software development is enabling machines to recognize and learn their surroundings, increasing the capabilities of autonomous systems. This continued development will also lead to the eventuality of fully autonomous vehicles. 

Newman is also the director of the Oxford Robotics Institute, as well as the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford, UK, and inventor of techniques that allow machines to know where they are, what surrounds them and what they should do next. Speaking on behalf of Volvo Construction Equipment, he shares what automation might mean in terms of construction equipment.

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