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Japanese construction company Komatsu has found a creative way to cope with a labor shortage.

With the help of American drone company Skycatch, Komatsu recently launched a new service called Smart Construction, featuring a fleet of robotic vehicles directed by drones.

The drones survey the area in real-time and send the data directly to the heavy-duty machines below. What would take humans two weeks can be done by these drones in as little as 30 minutes.


Since the drones map the surface in 3D, they can also track the volume of materials carted around the site.

Although the system can be operated remotely, a few humans still stay onsite for safety.