Current situation of autonomous construction machines at bauma 2022

The development of autonomous construction machines is currently among the main goals of manufacturers and research institutes alike. Accordingly, many aspects of this topic will be echoed at bauma, which will take place in Munich from October 24–30, 2022.

Machines that drive and work autonomously are among the big visions for the future of the construction industry. "However, 'true' autonomy in construction machines is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future, because—unlike in the self-contained working environment of a quarry or mine, for example—there are complex technical and safety-related challenges, " says Tim-Oliver Müller. The Director of the Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. believes that it is far more realistic and achievable for the construction industry to develop and use "intelligent" construction machines with semi-automated, automated or supporting functions—and to do so for selected construction processes, such as in earthwork, road construction or special heavy construction. "Such solutions have the potential for noticeable increases in efficiency and productivity, " Müller says. They could relieve the machine operators of repetitive and tiring activities. The industry expert points out that intelligent machines would also be independent of their individual tasks—an advantage that's not to be underestimated in times when there is a shortage of skilled workers.

A discussion of the current situation on the path to autonomous or at least intelligent construction machines is possible at bauma 2022, the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment.

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