In addition to playing a critical role in military operations for reconnaissance and assault purposes, unmanned drones are also emerging as vital tools for the automation of construction equipment.

In Japan, construction equipment giant Komatsu has turned to US-made drones in order to facilitate the operation of automated equipment on the ground. While driverless trucks and vehicles are already widely deployed on mining sites around the world, the automation of construction equipment poses a far more difficult challenge, given that bulldozers and excavators…