This ex-Googler is bringing self-driving excavators to construction sites

Noah Ready-Campbell’s first job out of college was at Google. It was 2010, the year the company touted its plan — or then, what seemed like a far-fetched dream — to build self-driving cars.

“They announced it and everyone looked at each other and we were like, why are we even talking about this,” Ready-Campbell, who’s now 29, told CNBC. “There’s no way it’s going to work.”

Seven years later, the technology is working. In fact, it’s so far along that in California more than 40 companies have licenses to test autonomous vehicles, with the trucking industry not far behind.

Ready-Campbell, whose dad was a general contractor, is getting in on the action and taking advantage of the dramatic advances in automation to go after construction. For the past two years, he’s been developing software and sensors that can turn off-the-shelf excavators into robots.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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