HomeManufacturing Minute: Bulldozers Guided By Drones

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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.

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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.