Have you ever imagined yourself working in a construction zone where a fleet of graders, bulldozers, and operators are running without any human operators behind them? We are not talking about the movies or the future– as it’s already happening in the construction industry recently.
With the help of construction technology, operators could stand at a safe distance while operating the machine remotely, which is very ideal especially in dangerous locations. However, aside from autonomous and semi-autonomous equipment, even vehicles are slowly experiencing this change, and we’re here to discuss just that.
The Impact of Construction Technology to Self-Driving Cars
For the past few years, self-driving cars have gotten the attention of leading automakers, such as Google and Uber. The same technology utilized in this innovation is also behind the advances that we enjoy in construction equipment.
The beautiful thing about this technique is that it’s undergoing dramatic changes regarding infrastructure to work with autonomous vehicles isn’t necessary at all. Small changes, such as the integration of smart traffic safety cones, sensors, and anything that would allow the driverless cars to analyze a construction worker’s hand gesture would have a huge impact.
Because computers can quickly discover and analyze information more accurately than humans, contractors can use this to their advantage in a way where it would leverage the features of autonomous vehicles, while improving safety at the same time.
Autonomous vehicles that don’t have blind spots would be alert to its surroundings. That means vehicular accidents caused by drunk or distracted driving can be avoided. Additionally, since there’s no human driver, the car would have full control as it will never experience fatigue or distraction.
Integration of Wireless Beacons
The occurrence of accidents in the construction zone can be minimized by introducing wireless beacons or apps to workers. They wouldn’t have to rely on hand signals anymore, allowing them to communicate with cars flawlessly.
The small changes happening in small infrastructures are also helping driverless vehicles drive within the construction zone because the traffic signals and road emergency markers are also integrated with wireless beacons.
Research shows that through this, it’s easier to communicate the exact location of current road markers within the construction zones, and it also becomes more convenient for wireless beacons to meet how computer systems acquire data.
Infrastructure changes also help smart vehicles to work with construction zones more efficiently. There will be distinct markings on the body of self-driving cars, and this alerts the human drivers, as well as other workers within the area.
This approach is a great way to notify other drivers and let them know what immediate action should be done and be cautious of their surroundings.
Although these changes are happening slowly, rest assured that a few years from now, it will improve the safety not only for construction workers but for the general public as well.
The Future Of Autonomous Cars Depends On Construction Tech
As we look at the advancements in technology for automated vehicles, and the construction industry, we can say that not only does it make everything more efficient, the safety would also improve dramatically. The remarkable progress in this quest would reduce vehicular accidents and human fatigue.