Research shows that autonomous driving is on the rise—and this could mean a new way to drive both on and off the jobsite for the construction industry.

Allied Market Research predicts that the global autonomous vehicle market size is projected to be valued at $54.23 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $556.67 billion by 2026, a whopping 39.47% growth rate between 2019 and 2026. This is enabled in part by the rise in technologies that enable self-driving vehicles such as AI (artificial intelligence) software, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and RADAR sensing technology.

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This will be so crucial, as companies continue to come to market with new platforms, solutions, and patents to enable an autonomous future. Further, construction companies will be able to take advantage of all these advanced capabilities on and off the jobsite as well.

For example, The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicles Systems Center has granted funding into research to improve the way heavy vehicles stop while operating autonomously. The objective is to develop and demonstrate a system that can be operated remotely and considers both the dynamics of the vehicle, as well as the environment, to bring a large ground vehicle to a complete stop despite the terrain.

A big focus here is machine learning, which will enable it to continuously monitor the interaction between a vehicle and its surrounding and update the internal model that is used to properly stop the vehicle. This will allow it to learn and adapt as the terrain and environment change. Autonomous Solutions, Inc., is developing, testing, and proving this solution for industries such as agriculture, automotive, construction haulage, mining, facility robotics, and more.

This comes in addition to many of the equipment manufacturers that have long been working on delivering autonomous solutions to the construction industry. One widely known example is The Volvo Group, which also just recently signed an agreement with NVIDIA to develop autonomous commercial vehicles and machines, using NVIDIA’s end-to-end AI (artificial intelligence) platform for training, simulation, and in-vehicle computing.

With the rise of AI and machine learning brings new opportunities for autonomous vehicles on the road and on jobsites. This will change the way construction builds projects and engages with machines on the job.

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