In the construction industry, autonomous vehicles and automated factory equipment are connected through autonomous construction equipment. Likewise, even though a lot are looking forward to what self-driving cars have to offer, there are still plenty of regulatory and technical challenges that must be solved to move forward and enjoy technological innovations even more.
For experts, they profoundly believe that autonomous vehicles will be ubiquitous in a job site to the point that it will be widely used here than on the road.
Here are the 3 construction tech that will help autonomous cars in a construction zone
Industrial robots are becoming widely used, especially with modern manufacturing settings wherein repetitive tasks are fully automated, and something like this could definitely help in reducing labor costs. If you’ll think about it, it apparently makes sense because factory floors are one of the safest areas where you can introduce new technology.
Aside from that, there are also some highly advanced robots moving around together with human workers. These are usually kept inside the building, and still needs to be improved. However, as compared to social workers, they are more efficient because they are not unpredictable and could withstand various weather conditions.
Furthermore, instead of public roads, construction sites are an ideal place to do a series of tests because they are closed to general traffic and pedestrians. To date, self-driving excavators managed to complete projects through this process. It would also resolve the problem of finding skilled workers. Simply put, it allows the construction industry to grow even more.
Safety is another reason why contractors are responding well with autonomous vehicles. Through this, it would reduce accidents, and operators would be able to manage their projects better.
Smart Construction Cones
Considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations is road maintenance. Workers get injured while performing their job, especially on temporary roadworks. Though, aside from that, the crumbling infrastructure and unpredictable weather conditions also contribute to this. This increases the risk of accidents while the construction project is being carried out.
Fortunately, with the development of smart traffic cones, it has lessened the occurrence of accidents. Intelligent safety and asset management system for highway maintenance has also helped in improving overall safety, and it also safeguards the lives of workers.
Smart cones employ sensors and wireless communications that enhance the security of temporary work zones and projects.
Aside from that, developers are also working on a better system that can be charged in situ. This offers overall efficiency as well as reliability to roadwork sites. Aside from that, the safety system with current road maintenance and managing computer networks are also proven to be very helpful in providing cost-saving solutions.
With smart construction cones, data-logging mechanisms and sensors also accurately monitor vehicle impact.
Since we’re already talking about sensor technology, why not discuss it further?
Even though sensor technology is not yet adopted everywhere, this doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t be seeing the benefits it offers. In the construction industry, smart sensors are getting very popular because construction engineers are starting to discover the advantages it provides. Sensors and devices are being developed for several applications on the job site.
There are some that are made to monitor the property, while others are designed to keep an eye on environmental conditions of both projects and equipment. With wireless sensors, engineers can now gather critical data right when they need it. Back in the days, it would take days, sometimes even months, to get the information you need, especially if it’s a remote location.
However, with the recent advancements in technology, it has opened doors to greater possibilities, and it eliminated the need for data loggers and exposed wires through smartphone technology. This reduces the chance of costly mistakes often cause by wire crossover and accidental damage. Now, workers can easily connect with each other while on the job site, and download the data they need.
Access to real-time information has also become possible. As a matter of fact, it has helped the contractor reduce project schedules by days, weeks, and even months. This allowed them to save thousands of dollars. Through this, they also have the confidence that the structure has reached the required strength before proceeding to the next phase of the building process.