Towards autonomous construction equipment: supporting on-site collaboration between automatons and humans

Towards autonomous construction equipment: supporting on-site collaboration between automatons and humans

Abstract

To support the application of automated machines andcollaborative robots in unstructured environments like in the mining,agriculture and construction sector the needs of the human co-workershould be investigated to ensure a safe and productive collaboration.The empirical study presented includes the prototyping of a solution forhuman-machine communication, which has been supported by a designthinking approach. An understanding of the human needs had beencreated through jobsite observations and semi-structured interviewswith human workforces working in close proximity to heavy mobileequipment. The results shows that trust and communication have a bigimpact on the jobsite collaboration.

Keywords

Human-Robot Collaboration, Autonomous Machines, Construction Sites, User Experience, Design Thinking, Human-Robot Trust, Human-Robot Teamwork

Citation

Frank, M., R. Ruvald, C. Johansson Askling, T. Larsson, A. Larsson, (2019), Towards autonomous construction equipment: supporting on-site collaboration between automatons and humans, In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 292-308. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJPD.2019.105496

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10.1504/IJPD.2019.105496

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