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Komatsu to crank out automated excavators

Komatsu's automated machinery will let fewer, less experienced workers deliver the same results

TOKYO -- Construction machinery maker Komatsu will introduce automated excavators in Japan, the U.S. and Europe later this year, which could help make up for a shortage of experienced workers in advanced economies.

     The new excavators will level or dig the ground based on orders sent to their main controls. They will receive real-time updates of their location and the condition of the ground via GPS and sensors on their bodies, allowing them to operate within centimeters of the instructions.

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