Why driverless tech works for mining and construction but robotaxis aren’t ready yet

Despite the ambitions of WaymoCruiseTesla and others, robotaxis have yet to revolutionize transportation in the U.S., and remain in a state of perpetual technical development. Meanwhile, autonomous vehicles are already at work full-time in heavy industries like mining and construction.

That’s one reason SafeAI founder and CEO Bibhrajit Halder left his autonomous passenger vehicle work behind. The start-up retrofits vehicles and equipment that are already popular in heavy industries — including haul or dump trucks, dozers, and skid steers — with its autonomous systems.