Construction companies are tasked with constructing homes, buildings, and infrastructure of the future—which includes incorporating the latest advanced technologies to enable autonomous vehicles on the roads.
One recent example comes out of Northern California—a fully automated parking structure. The Hive Automated Parking Structure is built on a 1,600-sq.ft. footprint, which is about the size of seven parking spaces. However, the structure increases the parking capacity by almost six-fold to 39 vehicles.
It is also certified under the U.S. Green Building Council Parksmart program, having used 69% less construction materials per parking space.
This comes at the same time as a new California autonomous vehicle regulation that has some industry pundits concerned. Previous regulations required a test driver in a robot car capable of taking over when the self-driving technology failed. The new regulations provide for the ultimate deployment of autonomous vehicles. The Office of Administrative Law approved the driverless testing and deployment regulations.
Consumer Watchdog suggests that self-driving technology is not safe enough to be deployed without a human driver in the car capable of taking control when necessary. It points to the example of Waymo, which says its autonomous car technology disengaged 63 times because of deficiencies in the technology.
Perhaps what is needed is both car technology—and infrastructure—to advance to enable autonomous driving to take hold. As this happens, construction companies will be tasked with building the infrastructure, and will need to understand the technology and legislation surrounding the advances.
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