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Driver-less Construction Fleets?

Dec 06, 2017

Nissan is boldly claiming a market test for 2018 in Japan for their driverless taxi. Just last year Nissan announced that they would be in the autonomous vehicle production by 2020. Some analysts are saying Nissan downplayed their ability and research to deliver and as a result can move the timeline up two years for implementation of a driver-less fleet. Readers will recall that cities in Japan, and the city of Pittsburgh, PA were among the first to deploy autonomous ubers or taxis. Uber suspended service of the autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania briefly a couple of months ago (September), to conduct an investigation into a crash of one of their cars, which happened to be in self-driving mode carrying only Uber employees. The city’s mayor has embraced the technology choosing to “roll out the red carpet” rather than the “red tape” for the new technology and innovation. Read article about Nissan’s production of new driverless taxis.

Watch video showcasing facts about driverless taxis:

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And, here's a video on Tesla's semi-autonomous trucks »

Construction sites are seeing deployment of UAVs as a standard, and even a few autonomous or computer programmed delivery vehicles. With announcements like Nissan’s, and others by Ford and Volvo in recent weeks, it is a matter of time before entire service fleets are autonomous and fully operational. Consider the reasons for autonomous vehicles and apply those to construction service fleets and the construction site. If roads will be safer due to autonomous vehicles, logically autonomous construction vehicles will contribute positively to that safety statistic. Traffic and fuel efficiency will greatly improve for construction fleets and equipment, if autonomous vehicles are having that impact in the larger automobile industry. Finally, passengers or project managers and electricians will have more free-time for conference calls or job planning and follow-up conversations. Safety (fewer vehicular deaths), cost savings, and time productivity are great reasons to embrace autonomous driving in construction.

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