Any machine that can be connected to the web can be given instruction remotely. This can be a valuable option when machinery needs to function in places that might be hazardous to humans due to pollution or other risks.
The use of remote operations can also keep humans from working with particularly dangerous equipment. Construction workplace injuries are fairly common. According to OSHA, there were 4,674 worker fatalities in the United States in 2017, 20.7% of which were in construction.
Remotely operated machinery has the potential to help reduce the risk that workers face on the worksite.