Robotic Construction Equipment May Help Fix Housing Shortage

Published by , April 23, 2018 1:59 pm

(MercuryNews)  Built Robotics is one of a host of companies seeking to use technology to transform the construction industry with everything from autonomous vehicles to drones to state-of-the-art software. Some experts say these innovations could address a decades-old problem — construction productivity has stagnated, while a shortage of housing is driving Bay Area home prices to unfathomable heights.
San Francisco’s Built Robotics says its autonomous track loader, which has been leveling ground at Bay Area construction sites since last fall, will be a safer, more efficient alternative to using human drivers — and the company plans to expand its technology to other heavy machinery. “If we can lower the cost of construction, then typically what happens is you do more of it,” said Built Robotics founder Noah Ready-Campbell. “I think that’s going to let us build more housing.”

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