Notes from the field: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 highlights

reflections on CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

It’s a pity that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended on a rather muted note as a result of mounting concerns about the Covid-19 virus. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this awesome event and get a colorful snapshot of the latest construction industry trends.

The highlight for me was the live demonstration Caterpillar gave of their latest vehicles.  I was particularly impressed with how they showed the increasingly important role technology is playing in improving operator productivity and safety by enabling the real-time capture and analysis of key telematics data.

Caterpillar at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

John Deere also did a great job of showcasing their obstacle detection and payload technologies . As an added personal bonus, the sight of their huge tractors filling the Las Vegas Convention Center brought back a slew of happy memories of long summers I spent on my grandfather’s farm as a child. Where have all the years gone to?

John Deere at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

I was surprised that there was so few technology companies at the event. The conversations we had with people from many different segments in the industry showed us that there is a lot of interest in the adoption of vehicle safety systems like the VIA Mobile360 Dynamic Moving Object Detection and Surround View System demos we had at the VIA booth. The highly ruggedized VIA Mobile360 AI Mining Safety Kit also drew a lot of attention from companies looking for solutions that can withstand the harshest operating environments.

VIA at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

The extensive feedback we received at the show confirmed our own belief that the ability to provide systems that can be rapidly customized to meet specific operational requirements is critical to meeting the diverse needs of customers in the construction market. Making it convenient to configure our systems so that they deliver the desired blend of 360° surround view, blind spot detection, collision warning, object detection, and driver monitoring features using cameras and short range radar sensors is at the heart of our product development strategy.

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG takes place in 2023, from March 14 – 18. I’ve already added it to my calendar.

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