The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has become increasingly important to the construction industry, as some of the most advanced equipment technologies are shown there first.
This year, Hyundai Construction Equipment and Hyundai Doosan Infracore, which are now sister subsidiaries of Hyundai Genuine, showcased their advanced intelligent construction solutions and future unmanned construction equipment under the theme “Intelligent Robotics”.
The technology called Concept-X uses unmanned machines with autonomous guidance to create safer and more efficient construction sites. If some of these elements sound familiar to you, you’re not mistaken. We first reported on Concept-X after seeing it demoed in South Korea in 2019. You can read about it and watch an interesting video of the same here.
In 2020, ConExpo-Con/Agg attendees were treated to a static display of Doosan concept machine models that showed what unmanned heavy equipment could look like.
Hyundai Heavy Industries GroupAcquisitions drive innovation
A lot has happened at both companies since then. In August last year, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group completed the acquisition of Doosan Infracore’s construction equipment business, propelling the companies into the ranks of the world’s top 10 OEM suppliers with combined sales of over of $10 billion.
This means that companies as well as their customers and resellers will benefit from future introductions of this type of technology. Hyundai brings its own expertise to the table, being Korea’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots.
And the day before CES opens, HHI Group and Palantir Technologies signed an agreement in Las Vegas to establish a big data platform and joint venture for its core business. Once the big data platforms of the group’s main subsidiaries have been built, the two parties plan to create a joint venture to market big data solutions.
Kisun Chung, CEO of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, said, “We hope this partnership with Palantir Technologies will significantly improve the competitiveness of the group’s core businesses. This will be a significant shift in organizational culture innovation that will change the way we work with data. »
“Automated and unmanned machines using artificial intelligence, big data, cloud and other advanced ICTs will dominate the market,” said Young-cheul Cho, CEO of Hyundai Doosan Infracore. HHI is also leveraging its size and manufacturing portfolio to develop similar systems for its ports and shipbuilding operations.
Hyundai construction equipmentComplete control
Concept-X is a complete solution that measures and analyzes the topography of construction sites using 3D drone scanning devices to create operation plans based on topographic data. Thanks to this solution, site managers can remotely monitor and control the entire process at the control center called “X-Center”.
Unmanned heavy equipment – excavators, wheel loaders, dump trucks – converge in an integrated plane to perform operations without risk to human operators on site. Equipment can diagnose its own condition and alert management to potential problems so that work can be completed without costly operational delays.
Build in the cloud
Visitors to the Hyundai-Doosan booth at CES were able to experience a series of processes demonstrating how to build an environmentally friendly marine city using the companies’ XiteCloud, an all-in-one construction platform based on the cloud that allows integrated management of construction sites. . Within the platform, XiteAnalyst/XiteFleet can analyze and plan 3D information and manage equipment in a cloud environment. A construction automation system, XiteAuto/XiteSafety, which improves productivity and safety through automation, was also on display.
The complete system will be rolled out in phases of individual technologies such as topography measurement using drones, data analysis, unmanned operation and management of construction equipment, and released sequentially. The companies plan to bring Concept-X to market by 2025.