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Mining company hails driverless road train trial a success

Driverless road train
Driverless road train

A mineral producer’s latest heavy vehicle automation test produced very favourable outcomes.

Mineral Resources (MinRes) recently hailed its autonomous road trains project as a “world-first milestone” after a triple-trailer and automated road train platoon successfully completed a trial run at the Yilgarn mine.

Project partner Hexagon ensured each vehicle hauled 300 tonnes of iron ore. It achieved this through supplying and installing drive-by-wire technology, and an autonomous management system, to orchestrate vehicle movement. This helped reduce costs, improve safety and set a new world record based on tonnes transported.

“As the first-of-its-kind in the world it opens up new opportunities for us, as we can trial the technology ourselves before offering it to our tier one customers,” MinRes mining services CEO Mike Grey said in a public statement.

“It has been an exciting journey over the past year, and we have now achieved a world-first platoon of three autonomous road trains – which is a game changer for us.”

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AMSJ April 2022