With the world’s leading tech and transportation companies battling for the cutting edge in autonomous vehicles, the future looks bright for a wide range of self-driving cars and trucks. After autonomous vehicles make the eventual transition to roadways, the construction industry seems like a natural next choice for this powerful technology. Due to the more complicated tasks and movements of most heavy construction equipment, like excavators, backhoe loaders, and cranes, trucks and dump trucks would be the most comparable vehicles to the highway-focused trucking the leaders of autonomous truck design, Google’s Waymo and Uber’s Otto.
Keeping Track of the Many Types of Dump Trucks
The sheer number and variety of dump trucks make them a more complicated resource to manage. The standard dump truck with 2-3 axles and easier maneuverability, the super dump truck with 4-7 axles for heavier loads, the articulated dump truck for rougher terrain, the transfer dump truck for towing extra trailers, the dump truck and pup for standalone dumping, and the list goes on with endless combinations based on the needs of the job. Imagine being able to organize and summon these trucks and their operators with an app. Similarly to Otto and Waymo, dump truck autonomy would not replace drivers, but would simply automate the majority of the highway driving and leave the more precise tasks to trained drivers.
A new breed of construction fleet management capabilities is on the horizon, and combined with vehicle autonomy, it could revolutionize the construction industry. Check out how our virtual fleet management product, BlackTop, is revolutionizing the construction technology industry.