Making Automated Vehicles Work for Construction

The technology for autonomous vehicles continues to advance—and they soon may be driving on to your construction jobsite.

Each year, the number of states considering legislation related to autonomous vehicles has gradually increased, and as of last year the National Highway and Transportation Safety Admin., released federal guidelines for Automated Driving Systems (ADS).

Many construction equipment and technology providers are getting involved in the movement toward automated vehicles.

Automated Vehicle Coalition Forms

For example, a new coalition has formed that aims to improve safety and innovation in this area. The Automated Vehicle Coalition recently announced its formal organization and list of founding, charter members. Some of the founding members include Cisco, ESRI, Kuharchik Construction, and Royal Truck and Equipment, just to name a few.

The principles of the organization include: ensuring the safety of travelers, achieving equity for surface transportation; strengthen the economy by supporting initiatives that entice technology-sector companies; attract and retain a diverse workforce; link business and industry with education; and maximize mobility through safe automated vehicles.

As more autonomous vehicles begin to take to the roads, it will change the way the construction industry does work both on and off the jobsite. Initiatives such as this will ensure it is done as safely as possible.

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