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The Automated Landscape of the Future
Technology and How Things Will Be Changing in the Near Future


Press the right buttons on a controller and the loader will drive itself

I've been reading a lot lately about technology and how things will be changing in the near future. For instance, take the car. It won't be long before we are no longer drivers and become merely passengers in our own cars. Think about all the time tracking software out there that monitors your crews driving habits. In a few years they wont be in control of that. They'll have work sites pre-programmed into their GPS, the crew will hop in and the truck will drive them straight to the site, getting there safely and within the speed limit.

There they will press the right buttons on a controller and the loader will drive itself off the trailer and begin grading the land per the set limitations of the plan, programmed days in advance. All of the waste produced will be loaded into a dump truck, which will be sent to the landfill, without any crew, unloaded automatically and then self driven back to the worksite for round two. Once graded, the paver machine will grab pre-positioned pavers and drop them into place while automatically leveling the entire site. Those pavers would have been loaded at the brickyard and then driven and offloaded at the site without being touched by human hands. In fact the whole order would have been placed and paid for online . . . People . . . Who needs people . . .

Same for your lawnmower, which will run just like those new vacuums. You'll load it at your yard, send it off with the now appropriately named 'Auto'mobile, where it will GPS itself to the site, offload from the trailer and follow its programming to mow the entire site, before loading itself back on the trailer and heading back to your yard. What it can't do with pre-programming you'll be able to correct with real time wireless controls.

Site inspection . . . Get a drone. Instead of walking or driving around the site to check on progress, fly your drone over the site. You can drop it down to within inches of an object if close inspection is needed, or you can hover at a distance for an overall progress report.

So are these technologies in place today? Almost. The automated automobiles will be here before the end of the decade, the preprogrammed equipment is coming close behind and, as we all know, the drones are already hovering overhead.

So enjoy your summer, put in as much landscape as you can, but this off season you may want to visit a local and/or national trade show because with the minimum wage reaching $15/hour while robots are reaching new heights, technology is sure to have an ever increasing impact on the business of landscape . . .

God Bless

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