Doosan has unveiled its first autonomous construction equipment, showing off both a crawler excavator and a wheel loader manufactured as part of the company’s new “Concept-X” program. The machines were displayed at Doosan’s proving grounds in Boryeong City, South Korea; Doosan reports that more than 200 people were in attendance.
Doosan describes Concept-X as “a comprehensive control solution that can be used to survey worksite topography via 3D drone scanning, establish operational plans based on the topographical data, and operate construction equipment such as excavators and wheel loaders without human intervention.
“In short, Concept-X realizes the construction site of the future by having all dangerous construction work performed solely by equipment, leaving human personnel free to concentrate on more sophisticated analysis and management tasks.”
The program makes use of a number of innovative technologies including image recognition, cognitive/ control technology, autonomous driving systems, 5G remote control, and 3D drone imagery, among others.
Overall, Concept-X is expected to improve productivity and efficiency by making construction jobs less costly and time-consuming; it will also significantly enhance safety, the company states.
“Concept X is not just an unmanned technology: Rather, it integrates multiple state-of-the-art technologies that can respond immediately to all and any of the changes that may arise at construction sites simultaneously,” said Doosan Infracore President & CEO Dongyoun Sohn. “It will become a human-centered technology that not only brings about remarkable improvements in economics and safety but also creates more jobs in high-tech industries.”
Doosan intends to commercialize Concept-X by 2025, at which point it says it “will introduce each of the abovementioned technologies – including drone surveying, cutting-edge data analysis, and unmanned construction equipment operations and control – individually as soon as they have been fully verified.”