I have a three year-old boy who, like most three year-old boys everywhere, is in love with construction equipment. He’ll watch construction sites for hours. He can’t even put on his own socks, but he can distinguish between a dozer, a digger, a front-loader, a crane, and a backhoe.
I stumbled across this writeup of Built Robotics, a San Francisco-based construction equipment maker. Their homepage features a rotating model (I think it’s a model?) of an autonomous dozer. I have to get one of those for my kid.
It’s interesting that their autonomous dozers feature cabs, although the video on their website shows an operator on foot controlling driver-less equipment via iPad.
Anyhow, pretty cool.