Full auto: The long road to autonomous equipment in construction

Poised to reach $900 million in revenue this year, Minneapolis-based construction management firm Kraus-Anderson has major visibility into U.S. commercial and industrial job sites. As the company continues to grow, it is eager to adopt emerging technologies to stay competitive and boost efficiency and productivity. One technology that the firm is interested in exploring but that still has a long way to go before it sees widespread industry adoption: autonomous equipment.”I don’t see our pre-construction people incorporating a lot of thought about autonomous vehicles into construction,” said Tom Emison, Kraus-Anderson vice president of strategy and innovation. “Margins are still so thin in the general building community that real research and development of that type rarely finds its way into our projects.” As Ford, Volvo, Tesla, Google and others make headlines in their race to…

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