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Driverless Trucks Coming to Big Box, Will Emerging Tech Impact Manufactured Housing Deliveries?

June 24th, 2019 No comments

 

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Big box retailer Walmart – and other retailers like Amazon – are exploring the use of automated, driverless trucking technologies, says Newsmax and other sources. 

 

It is a development that the trucking industry is keenly aware of, so should manufactured home movers be concerned? 

Let’s start this report with some background.

Amongthe first driverless semi-trucks is already driving, legally, on the highway’s of Nevada. Businessweek’s Sam Grobart went to Las, Vegas for a test drive,” said Bloomberg. That video report is posted below.

 

 

There is a severe shortage of truck drivers that exceeds 60,000 unfilled long-haul positions, according the American Trucking Associations. 

Walmart Inc. came to dominate retailing through its mastery of logistics—the complicated choreography of getting goods from farm or factory to the consumer. But even the world’s biggest store doesn’t make money selling its wares online in the U.S., largely due to runaway shipping costs. So Walmart (WMT) is turning to robots,” according to Newsmax.

Walmart’s U.S. chief logistics professional, Greg Foran recently took reporters to a curbside package pickup kiosk outside its supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas. Three Ford delivery vans there were outfitted with self-driving technology developed by a Gatik, a Silicon Valley startup. Gatik aims at cutting Walmart’s middle-mile shipping costs in half. Going driverless in pursuit of profit is a “no-brainer,” Foran said.

It’s not driverless taxis, but driverless trucks that some experts say are looming just ahead.

Moving products, not to customers, but between “middle miles” could reach $1 a trillion market and could provide retailers with the fastest path to prosperity.

This area has the least number of obstacles and the most certain return on invested capital in the near term,” said analyst Mike Ramsey, with consulting firm Gartner Inc. “If you’re looking to start a business where you can actually generate revenue, this has fewer barriers than the taxi market.”

This middle mile is the most expensive part of the whole supply chain; it’s a huge pain point,” said Gautam Narang, CEO of Gatik, the firm attempting to automate Walmart’s “hub and spoke” warehouse system. “This fills a big gap in the market.”

Anything on driverless delivery that is a milk run is a good application for autonomy,” said Sherif Marakby, chief executive officer of Ford’s autonomous vehicles unit. “B2C is a complex implementation for autonomy that will come with time, but B2B just makes it easier because you get volume and you can be more predictable.”

Put differently, those on the inside of these developing technologies say that business-to-business, or B2B, delivery is easiest way to navigate to profitability in driverless trucking. It has less complex than ride-hailing or driverless delivery business to consumers, known as B2C or the last-mile.

 

Is This Potentially Going to Impact Manufactured Home Trucking Soon?

The short answer, according to producers who are independent as well as those working in large industry companies, ‘no.’

Not even close [to being implemented in manufactured home transport],” said one of the largest producers of manufactured homes in the U.S. “Packages and house [are] two different thing and ROI long way out.”

An independent producer told MHProNews that “They aren’t even using robotics in… [HUD Code manufactured home] factories. Oversized loads will be an extreme challenge for driverless vehicles. The home is never in one lane, programming to be outside of any legal driving envelope will be a huge challenge in my opinion.”

No one said they are aware of any such plans to move manufactured homes autonomous of a human driver at present. That should be comforting to manufactured home ‘toter’ drivers.

Be that as it may, trucking labor shortages, new tax incentives to invest in equipment or automation, and other factors could turn “not even close” into something that might be tested in the foreseeable future. MHProNews will monitor such emerging trends in business and report as relevant.

 

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Blueprint Robotics Disruptive Aim at Modular Housing, and Factory-Building Technology

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There are four robots on this machine,” says Blueprint Robotics CEO Jerry Smalley. “It cuts it nails it screws it trims, it drills.”

 

In other words, these machines do what people used to,” wrote Chris Welch for ABC Action 2 News about the Baltimore, Maryland based robotics firm.

Every other industry has brought automation to the solution. This is just an industry that’s time is now to bring automation,” says Smalley. “We’re no different than automotive, or aerospace, or medical, this is just our moment to bring automation.”

The Daily Business News on MHProNews have been tracking developments in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and related technologies for some years for factory-built housing pros.  There are firms with deep pockets that have entered the housing field with robotics, automation, and various kinds of modular housing.  ICYMI, or need a refresher, Katerra is a firm that has had large sums poured into it by SoftBank.

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Blueprint Robotics says they think they can cut construction time by 20 to 40 percent, using modular building and robotics.

It’s more precise, higher quality, less cost, less risk,” explains Smalley. “You know the cost of our product before we commence, a more predictable schedule, and at the end of the day a better just a totally better product.”

Blueprint Robotics still has dozens of employees on the factory floor daily.  Human workers are still needed.  Once For example, once a robot builds a wall, an electrician will still need to install the wiring. Other workers on the floor are there for quality control,” said Welch.

Architect Richard Pedranti talks about his experience working with Blueprint Robotics.

 

Pedranti said in the video above that in Sweden, some 90 percent of home building is now factory-based. That’s a look into why the U.S. tech giants are laser focused on factory-construction.  See the related report, linked below, for more details.

 

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“Weird to See” Robots Building Homes…

Roy Collins worked for decades at traditional construction job sites.  Now, he is watching as machines are doing what he did. “He says it’s weird to see,” said Welch.

Being in the industry 20 years I never thought this would be capable of happening,” Collins says.

Welch points to the shortage of construction workers, and then cites Jeff Gwinn, with the National Construction Trade Association, who claims it won’t hurt the building trades at all.  They insist it won’t take away jobs from skilled workers.

As far as increasing productivity and holding down costs, it’s absolutely a good thing,” Gwinn said. “It’s not gonna hurt the industry at all.”

A HUD Code manufactured home builder tells MHProNews he’s not as sure about robotic and automation, explaining that you can’t lay off a machine when times get tough.

 

 

The Competing Challenges

But beyond the higher upfront costs of automation, or the fact that you can lay a machine off, isn’t there also a downward pressure of the wages of factory-construction workers?  Won’t more machines mean less people, over time? Won’t that be downward pressure of wages?

Be that as it may, Collins said “It’s quicker, better; you get a better product, material is better. It’s a better way to build.”

Therein lies just one of several points of potential tension between owners and workers, as a new economy is emerging in America.

Yes, the automotive industry ‘survived’ that move toward more automation, but there were human jobs eliminated in the process.  What happens when robots are doing the work, and people aren’t needed?  Who will pay the wages that allow working people to buy homes?

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Robotics, 3D Printed Housing, Imminent Challengers for Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – 3D Build Systems CEO Don Musilli

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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A revolutionary idea in home building is taking place insouthwest Florida, per Sun Coast News. and other regional media.

 

Once the foundation is poured the robot will print that structure in 18 to 24 hours,” said CEO Don Musilli, to ABC 7.

Instead of a year to build a house conventionally, Musilli and 3D Build Systems COO Deborah Hegedus believe they can cut the total build time down to a single month.

All the technology we’re working with is all bottom up. This is not technology that your grandfather used, or your father used,” Musilli told Sun Coast.

The 2 videos on this Daily Business News report bring out some similar, distinctive, and complementary facts.

3D Build Systems says they can build housing from 700 to about 2000 square feet in size.

This is similar, but on a larger scale, to the 3D printing that MHProNews previously reported is being deployed by an Austin, TX 3D builder.

 

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What is often missing from reports on emerging technologies in construction are accurate estimates of pricing. Sun Coast reported an estimated price of $150,000. But what does that include? The article, and others, were silent on that point.

So MHProNews reached out to Musilli. In a series of emails, here’s what he said.

We are developing 3 typical home designs with pricing that will be put on our website within the next 20 to 30 days,” Musilli told the Daily Business News via email.

As his message suggested, there is no firm price now, but it should be noted that such pricing is often missing from others doing 3D housing printing.  To his credit, Musilli, is the first to directly address such specific questions.

We have been developing these prices and want to be fairly sure that what we present is accurate. For approximation we believe we can complete one of our homes in 1200 to 1400 sq. ft. range for around $150K,” per Musilli message.

That reply was to the MHProNews’ querry requesting a turn key, move-in ready price.

Again, we will have more data shortly,” he said.

 

Comparisons to Conventional Housing

In the Sarasota market, starter, new conventional housing ranges from $100.50 – $149.22 per square foot, according to Home Builders Pro Matcher.

So, doing the math provided by Musilli, a 1,300 square foot home for $150,000 turn-key would be $115.39 per square foot.

If they hit that target figure, that would make these 3D printed houses very competitive to mainstream site-built housing.  That said, in some ways, it could be superior, if the homes are indeed able to handle 220 mile-per-hour winds, and an 8.0 rated earthquake.

It would be surprising if they could do a turn-key finish of their models in 30 days, but even if it was completed in 60 days, it would be far faster than conventional housing.

That could be a tough competitor, perhaps even a body-blow to modular builders, if the pricing holds and as 3D housing catches on.

It could also put a pinch on some higher end HUD Code manufactured home builders too.  Manufactured housing would still be significantly less in price.

But as robotics ramps up, don’t be surprised if the pricing drops.  Note too that the new tax law, per sources, could spur robotics sales. See the infographic below.

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The Wrap

The bottom line is that this is a big threat to site builders, but it is also a looming challenge to higher cost factory builders.

Nevertheless, the Google search below is accurate, then the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been mute on this topic.

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By contrast, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has, per the search shown, has to some degree addressed this issue.

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MHProNews has been tracking and reporting on the emerging 3D printed housing tech for several years.

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The bottom line is that industry professionals should be mindful of these developments, and should develop responses to the challenge.

The alternative of inaction from could be problematic for hundreds of business in MHVille in a fairly short period of time. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

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This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.

 

But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.

From:

  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

We have a follow up Daily Business News report pending on a related process that is poised to launch later this year, or early in 2019.  It is a must for factory builders.  Stay tuned. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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White House Official Statement on Artificial Intelligence – Industry and Business Summit

May 11th, 2018 Comments off

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Long before others in manufactured housing raised the topic of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation as a concern for workers and independent businesses, the Daily Business News on MHProNews has led the charge on raising the industry’s awareness of the many nuances to this disruptive challenge.

 

With giants like Clayton Homes, directly and via surrogates, touting their edge in this field, the presidential initiative on AI is timely (see related reports, at the end of this post, below).  Part of the discussion needs to be how can the playing field be kept level between huge companies and smaller firms, down to the mom-and-pop level company?

We’re presenting the White House’s official statement to the Daily Business News on the issue in its entirety, below.

We’ve paired the Oval Office briefing with a video overview, courtesy of Special Report.

 

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Artificial Intelligence for the American People

 INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY

Issued on: May 10, 2018

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We’re on the verge of new technological revolutions that could improve virtually every aspect of our lives, create vast new wealth for American workers and families, and open up bold, new frontiers in science, medicine, and communication.”

      President Donald J. Trump

 

PRIORITIZING FUNDING FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D): The Trump Administration has prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems.

  • The Federal Government’s investment in unclassified R&D for AI and related technologies has grownby over 40% since 2015, in addition to substantial classified investments across the defense and intelligence communities.
  • In the annual guidanceto heads of executive departments and agencies, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed agencies to focus on emerging technologies including machine learning and autonomous systems.
  • President Trump’s FY2019 Budget Request was the first in history to designate artificial intelligence and autonomous and unmanned systems as Administration R&D priorities.

REMOVING BARRIERS TO AI INNOVATION: The Trump Administration is enabling the creation of new American industries by removing regulatory barriers to the deployment of AI-powered technologies.

  • Last September, the Department of Transportation released an updateto the 2016 Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, providing non-regulatory guidance to automated vehicle developers to enable the safe integration of driverless cars onto American roadways.
  • In October, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandumto permit States and localities to conduct innovative commercial and public drone operations currently prohibited under FAA regulations.
  • Last month, the FDA approvedthe first ever AI-based device for medical diagnostics to detect diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

TRAINING THE FUTURE AMERICAN WORKFORCE: President Trump has taken Executive action to give the American worker the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.

ACHIEVING STRATEGIC MILITARY ADVANTAGE: The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes the need to lead in artificial intelligence, and the Department of Defense is investing accordingly.

  • President Trump’s National Security Strategywas the first in history to specifically call out the importance of AI for the future of the American military.
  • The National Defense Strategycommitted to investing broadly in military applications of autonomy, AI, and machine learning.

LEVERAGING AI FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES: Executive departments and agencies are applying AI to improve the provision of government services to the American people.

  • The President’s Management Agendacalls for using automation software to improve efficiency of government services and maximizing Federal data sharing with the American public, which will support non-Federal AI research applications.
  • The General Services Administration is conducting pilot programsthat leverage AI, including a tool to predict regulatory compliance that is scheduled for production in cloud.gov this year.

LEADING INTERNATIONAL AI NEGOTIATIONS: White House OSTP led U.S. delegations to the 2017 and 2018 G7 Innovation and Technology Ministerials, and is working with our allies to recognize the potential benefits of AI and promote AI R&D.

————- end of White House’s brief to MHProNews ————-

Technological advances have served humanity for centuries.  Will this time be different?  The challenges include the fact that other nations are pushing robotics, AI and automation in their military, cyberwarfare and in business too. It’s a complex issue, one that we’ll continue to report on.  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Matt Drudge Alert – Hateful Leader Warning – TANSTAFL

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As a prologue to the headline topic, macro trends are often overlooked for their potential impact on our industry.  Further, polarized politics can dim the understanding of an issue.

Let’s draw a bright-line distinction between those voting for ‘progressive’ causes, and their leaders.

There are also leaders who may seem ‘conservative,’ but whose business or political postures are harmful to those whose rights they claim to protect.

It’s necessary to clearly differentiate between the mass of voters – or non-voters – and specific titans or leaders of business, tech, and finance who influence the direction of the politicos of the two major parties.

Thoughtful Daily Business News readers will glean why the distinctions between voters – certain leaders with their spin – and macro trends are all critical to this rapidly emerging issue.

How the following impacts housing professionals will become clear, and will be underscored later below.

Anti-People Business, Policy Practices 

There are business, tech, and political leaders who essentially –  or de facto – are harming, opposing – or one might say, advancing hateful policies with respect to millions of people.

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> Sam’s Club introduced an app that allows members to scan and go, skipping checkout entirely.

> Several restaurants are testing tablets and other kiosks to avoid a human order taker or checker.

> For years, banks have been using ATM machines.

> Human operators or phone room caller positions have been eliminated by numerous companies in growing numbers over a decade.

> Uber is among those pursuing self-driving cars to replace human drivers.

> How many trucking, taxi or other companies might follow Uber’s lead?

> An airline is said to be testing a self-flying plane.

> There are estimates that perhaps some 86 percent of all jobs could be done by artificial intelligence (AI), robots or other machines.

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Sam’s Club “Scan and Go” app – like self-checkout – are ways of eliminating human jobs. While some politicos and pundits like to suggest that such tech advances have always resulted in more jobs, there are voices rising within and outside of our industry that suggest this time may be different. The need to create a defense for workers is now.

What all the above have in common is that they eliminate people from jobs.  Other examples could be added, but the point is made.

Previous Industrial Revolution vs. the Current Automated Revolution

On the one hand, in the past industrial revolutions, devices such as sewing machines or bull dozers enhanced the performance of humans.  People were still needed to operate those machines.

But in the current automated revolution underway, people are being replaced.  This is unlike farm workers moving to cities to find work in factories or shops. Now, there are no serious plans for replacing the human roles of tens to hundreds of millions – or billions? – of people.

The moral, business, economic, and political problems with the above or related ‘anti-people’ practices in society are numerous. What will be done with those millions of souls whose work is eliminated?  Will certain elite…care?

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Elon Musk’s Warnings

Consider these trends through the lens of Elon Musk’s warnings about regulating robots, which MHProNews was the first to spotlight within the Manufactured Housing Industry’s trade media.

There are economic, security, and other risks that arise – due to the possibility of the mass hacking of electronic devices.  These are mentioned in Noah Smith’s economic viewpoint, see that report – linked here.

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Selfishly beyond those issues, you can’t sell a house to a robot, can you?

Does self-checkout, ATMs, or driverless vehicles need housing?

When the working or middle class makes up much of our industry’s current base is further squeezed economically by such developments, how will millions be able to buy a home?

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Is your job needed if the emerging trend outlined continues and accelerates?

If you aren’t the biggest in your field – as the larger firms automate, won’t your business rapidly be placed at an economic disadvantage?

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appears to be preparing for an entry into affordable – potentially modular/prefab housing – for that story, click the image above. Zuckerberg also appears to be preparing for a run for the Oval Office in 2020. For some related commentary on that and more, click here.

While some like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are promoting policies that call for “universal income” – others for a $15 an hour minimum wage – these are among the issues that MHProNews has uniquely spotlighted within the industry’s trade media.  These policies have or could have serious impact on business and investments.

One reason in recent weeks and months the Daily Business News has been demonstrating the fallacies behind those concepts, is  precisely to lead up to points like today’s.  Such proposed plans may sound appealing to many, but so would $100 or $1000 an hour minimum wage.

Promises like “free college” – or “free” anything – may cause people to vote for someone, but in practice don’t work as promised. See those prior reports – and the economic liberty report below – can be read at their respective links.

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Or keep in mind the old high school adage, “TANSTAFL” – “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  Someone always pays.

There will be a high cost to these trends in replacing humans with automation if it isn’t rapidly – and successfully – addressed.

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Matt Drudge is the one quietly – over several years – sounding the alert. Don’t think that we imply that he is among the hateful leaders…he could be celebrated one day as an American hero.

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As regular Daily Business News readers know, a number of our reports are sparked by items found on the dominant news aggregator – Matt Drudge and his highly influential Drudge Report.  As of the date/time of this post, Drudge and his team’s website traffic count stood as follows, per their home page report: VISITS TO DRUDGE 07/22/2017
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MHProNews editorially is far from being alone in raising these concerns.

The Drudge Report has tracked this troubling pattern for several years. Thank God for Matt Drudge and his team’s thoughtful work, as they scour the nation and world for trends that impact daily economic, political, moral, and social life.  Part of the genius of Drudge is that it spans the left-right media divide daily in its coverage.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

Most estimates of the AI/Automation/Robotics trend are in the 35 to 40 percent range of human jobs ended. Other are north of 80 percent of all jobs and careers.  Those higher percentages would include roles such as mangers, stock traders, and CEOs which could be eliminated by machines, robots, AI, and apps.

Isn’t it time to draw a line in the sand, rather than plant one’s head in it?

Is it time to start with something simple, like a Boycott of Self-Checkout?

To insist on dealing more with people, rather than machines?

Not Advocating Returning to the Stone Age

This column isn’t suggesting that you toss your computers, smartphones, or tablets.

It is suggesting that Drudge, Musk, Smith, and others are making a powerful – urgent – point.

Isn’t it time to create people-first protecting policies?

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President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business. For a summary of many of the president’s policies, click the image above. 

President Trump has indirectly addressed this in a variety of ways.

But Mr. President, could you formalize and address your specific plans on the above issues for tens of millions of threatened workers, please?

Americans, seriously – this isn’t a time to wait.  Whichever group grabs the nation’s trust on the above, will swing businesses, professionals, investors, and workers lives for generations to come.   There are leaders who could care less about “We, the People.”  They are sadly ‘hateful leaders’ in the purest sense of the term.

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A Baby Step You Can Take, Starting Today

If you told the manager of every store you shopped that you:

  • will not use self-check-out,
  • to bring in the additional cashiers needed,
  • do so politely yet publicly, where other employees can hear,
  • then urge your friends to do the same — don’t you think they would respond?

We know from first hand experience that this can work, because we did so at a local Sam’s Club.  Employees that overheard, thanked us.  Customers also stepped up and did the same.  The next time we shopped, more checkout lanes were open, with humans managing the registers.

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