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11.03.2015

Autonomous Fleet Outperforms Manned Fleet by 12%

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An autonomous rigid haul truck equipped with ASI's OEM agnostic vehicle automation kit.An autonomous rigid haul truck equipped with ASI's OEM agnostic vehicle automation kit.

Rio Tinto Autonomation Numbers Help Miners Invest in Vehicle Robotics with Confidence

Amidst global economic slowdowns, mining companies around the world have been exploring vehicle automation technology as a way to slash costs and improve efficiency in their operations. However, in the absence of concrete numbers proving the effectiveness of vehicle robotics, experts and critics have battled over its ability to make mining operations safer and more efficient. The wait is over as global mining major Rio Tinto released a variety of statistics that not only demonstrate vehicle robotics is effective but how effective.

Deep in the Australian outback, 1200 miles from the nearest major city, Perth, lies a rich mining region known as the Pilbara. Rio Tinto and other global mining majors such as BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) have established mining sites and infrastructures that ferry minerals from their extraction site all the way to port. The extensive networks include long haul routes that require massive mining trucks to transport loads approaching 400 tons (800,000 lbs).