Construction is embracing automation

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Construction is embracing automation as legacy players team up with tech innovators

Caterpillar, for example, recently invested in Sarcos, a robotics company with a line of exoskeletons that augment human strength.

The market for construction robots is set to grow to $166.4 million by 2023, according to new research from Markets & Markets.

Last year the construction robot market was worth a little over $60 million. The bump represents a projected six-year CAGR of 16.8 percent.

The emergence of robots on the job site tracks recent trends in industrial automation technology. In the last decade, machine vision has enabled robots to safely navigate factory and warehouse floors without the need for dedicated tracks.

On industrial lines, collaborative robots with sensitive force sensors and astounding dexterity are increasingly working outside cages and alongside humans. Meanwhile, in the unstructured world of highways and city streets, autonomous vehicles are maturing quickly, even if the technology isn’t quite market-ready.

Construction sites offer a nice compromise between the structured world of factories and the unstructured world of roads and highways. The sector has recovered nicely since the collapse a decade ago, and a spate of new and legacy companies has taken dead aim at the $1.2 trillion industry.

Caterpillar, for example, recently invested in Sarcos, a robotics company with a line of exoskeletons that augment human strength….

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