March 19, 2018by Terence Chea, The Associated Press The brick-laying robot known as SAM is just one of the many examples of automation in the construction business. PHOTO: Construction Robotics/YouTube SAN FRANCISCO—As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah...
March 19, 2018
by Terence Chea, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO—As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and levelling soil for building projects.
Now the former Google engineer is turning that dream into a reality with Built Robotics, a startup that’s developing technology to allow bulldozers, excavators and other construction vehicles to operate themselves.
“The idea behind Built Robotics is to use automation technology make construction safer, faster and cheaper,” said Ready-Campbell, standing in a dirt lot where a small bulldozer moved mounds of earth without a human operator.
The San Francisco startup is part of a wave of automation that’s transforming the construction industry, which has