Hyundai announced that they will be showcasing Concept X, their smart construction technology, at CES 2022.
Hyundai Concept X is said to be the world’s first smart construction solution that successfully demonstrated the entire process from the measurement to the use of equipment to be automatically operated without any human intervention.
In other words, Hyundai is showing off their new robotic construction equipment with the suggestion that it’s more than just proof of concept, but a peak at what is to come.
The goal of this “smart” and unmanned equipment is to save time and cost while increasing productivity and improving safety at the construction site.
Hyundai press materials start off by saying:
Steel-toed work boots and hard hats not required. The construction worker of tomorrow is a desk jockey in a control booth managing reams of incoming data.
The premise sounds plausible, with work beginning with drones that measure and analyze the topography of the construction site and create a 3D operation plan.
The robotic construction equipment would be brought in next, including excavators, wheel loaders, and dump trucks.
Self-diagnostics and reporting would be carried out to monitor operating conditions and alert management about any possible problems.
The “X-Center” lives at the heart of things, and tis is where the user and fleet manager monitor everything that is happening at the jobsite.
Concept-X doesn’t simply involve robotic equipment that is remotely controlled; there are autonomous implementations as well.
The unmanned excavator, for example, will be able to:
- Recognize surrounding environment
- Estimate and carry out local work sequences & operation trajectory
- [Navigate] driving routes autonomously
Its control system is said to help prevent collision and roll-over.
Hyundai’s head of his initiative says that:
Automated and unmanned machinery using artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, and other advanced ICTs will dominate the market.
Hyundai Doosan Infracore announced Concept-X in 2019 – at least going by their launch video. The latest announcements do not elaborate on how they have “demonstrated the entire process,” but the company says they expect their first commercial solutions to be ready by 2025.