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Suitable terrain types expand for driverless trucks

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

A multinational mining and rock excavation group revealed a new type of autonomous heavy vehicle that is touted to operate on a wider range of environments.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has confirmed the next generation of driverless trucks will effortlessly operate on uneven surfaces and both underground and above ground surfaces.

‘Revolutionise’ the industry

“We have now developed the industry-first, fully autonomous underground trucks that can operate in mining levels and mine declines including both underground and surface sections,” Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology BU automation vice president Riku Pulli said in a public statement.

“These trucks are set to revolutionise the mining industry, bringing significant improvements in mine’s productivity and safety.”

Sandvik AutoMine for Trucks claims its smart handover technology helps reduce equipment damage, maintenance and offer highly efficiency plus a lower cost of production per tonne.

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The heavy vehicles also come in different sizes and can be supervised from remote locations, giving seamless haulage between the ramp portal, surface and dumping location.

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