Chinese company Country Garden, one of the world’s largest property developers, is to begin mass production of fully autonomous robots designed to assist in large-scale residential construction.
robots have been designed to minimise costs while increasing efficiency. The
group, which started its robotics programme in 2018, is set to invest $2.3
billion every year for the next five years.
The robots will repair and build larger structures on-site. The robots will also be used to improve the overall safety of the workplace after an increase in workplace accidents. The company plans to have at least one robot at each of its sites.
Country Garden showcased its robots at the opening of a restaurant in Guangzhou province in early January 2020. The restaurant is completely automated, from taking the orders to cooking the meals. The restaurant relies on the input of 32 robots in the kitchen alone. The prototype restaurant cost around $29 million to build. Billionaire owner and founder Yang Guoqiang hopes to replicate the eatery at more than 1 000 sites across China.
According to Reuters, company president Bin Mo wants to target agricultural areas too. Bin revealed that Country Garden wants to include its autonomous robots on unmanned farms. Academic authorities have been quick to quell suspicion that introducing robots to large operations will lead to job losses. A report published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences supported robotics, saying it would not significantly affect employment levels.