#CEATEC2018 – The construction site can be a dangerous place due to all the heavy materials being used, and where slipping up on safety can result in disastrous consequences. We’re sure that eventually there will be a day when we can construct buildings 100% safely, but in the meantime Japanese company Komatsu might have a way to help.

The company, specializing in heavy machinery used for construction, took the wraps off a self-driving construction vehicle at CEATEC 2018. The company is looking to build vehicles such as crawler dump vehicles and excavators that are self-driving. This will help solve several problems in the construction industry.

This includes being able to mitigate the shortage of construction workers, and it can also help to make construction sites safer as self-driving vehicles can negate some of the mistakes that human drivers make. At the moment self-driving technology is something that many companies are looking into, even Apple who seems to be quite invested and interested in the technology.

This isn’t the first time Komatsu has explored the idea of self-driving industrial vehicles. Several years ago they debuted a robotic mining truck that did away with the need for a human driver, so it’s not surprising that they are looking to expand their lineup.

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