SAN FRANCISCO — Built Robotics Inc. said it plans to display its fully autonomous construction equipment to the public for the first time at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show next month in Las Vegas.
Along with the unveiling, Built Robotics said it plans to host live remote-control experiences with the robots. The demonstrations will allow show attendees to run a robot in Houston and see firsthand how the robots and technology operate in the field.
“We’ve made significant progress launching the first fully autonomous construction robots,” stated Noah Ready-Campbell, CEO of Built Robotics. “Built is debuting a never-before-seen experience that lets booth visitors manage our robots from a remote distance and see how they work, dig, and operate. This puts cutting-edge technology right in the hands of show attendees.”
Built said its robots are currently deployed across the $1 trillion earthmoving industry, and they’re being used to build critical infrastructure such as wind farms, gas pipelines, and new housing developments. In September 2019, the company raised $33 million in Series B funding, and it previously raised $15 million in 2017.
Built transforms existing equipment
The company’s technology transforms existing construction equipment — including excavators, bulldozers, and skid steers — into fully autonomous robots. Built said its artificial intelligence guidance systems can be installed on existing equipment from any manufacturer, while still maintaining complete manual operation capabilities.
The upgraded equipment is able to independently perform common tasks such as digging trenches, excavating foundations, and grading building pads. Remote equipment operators can manage the autonomous fleet via a Web-based platform, which allows them to supervise the robots. This software will be available for demonstrations at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
In addition to the booth’s remote-control experience, Built Robotics will be joined by construction leaders for a series of tech talks designed to educate and explain how robots have been transforming the job site. The talks will be taking place every day from March 11 to 13, both at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the nearby AGC National Convention.