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DECEMBER 12, 2017 – Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI): ASI Mining, has collaborated with Enaex (subsidiary of the Sigdo Koppers Group) to develop semi-autonomous blasting functionality with ASI’s autonomous command and control software, MOBIUS.

“Mobius continues to expand as an enabler of autonomous applications in mining,” said Drew Larsen, Director of Business Development for ASI Mining.“It’s expanding its role as an integration software platform for autonomous mobile equipment, including haul trucks, dozers, drills, etc., enabling them to work together within an autonomous mining environment. We are excited to add blasting equipment to that growing list with the involvement of Enaex.”

ASI’s Mobius for Blasting application provides capability for tele-op and autonomous navigation of blast vehicles, including mobile manufacturing unit and stemming vehicles. In addition, Mobius has the potential to coordinate drill and blasting, resulting in dynamically tailored blast processes based on actual “As-Drilled” hole data, creating higher efficiency and increased fragmentation.

Steps were taken to ensure the autonomous blasting solutions meet all required safety, operational and availability standards, given the high risk of danger for both workers and equipment.

Mobius route for stemming truck
Mobius interface displaying a path for a stemming truck

“These projects were specially created to further enhance the mining operation and its resources by taking care of our greater value, which are people,” said Juan Andrés Errázuriz, CEO of the Enaex Group.

Enaex announced the joint robotic effort at a recent event highlighting Mine-iTruck, a “mobile manufacturing unit,” using teleoperation and autonomous features that operate the vehicle autonomously inside an open pit mine. This development is part of an ecosystem of teleoperation and autonomous units that will allow Enaex to improve workers’ safety by using technology to perform tasks on risky mine environments from a safe location.

About Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle automation. ASI’s Mobius platform provides an OEM-agnostic, interoperable command and control software solution for autonomous vehicles. Mobius enables mine operations to integrate a variety of mining based vehicles under a comprehensive platform. ASI’s robotic hardware and software systems allow users to safely manage their entire fleet of vehicles autonomously. A world leader in vendor-independent vehicle automation systems, we serve clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, government, and manufacturing industries with remote control, teleoperation, and fully automated solutions, all from our headquarters and 100-acre proving ground in northern Utah.

ASI’s vehicle automation products can be found in companies and government agencies throughout the world, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Ford Motor Company, Case New Holland, Luke Air Force Base, General Dynamics, Sharp Electronics, and others.



Mine i-Truck
Photo courtesy of Enaex

About Enaex

Enaex, a subsidiary of the Sigdo Koppers Group, has over 96 years of experience in the explosives market. It is the third largest producer of ammonium nitrate in the world, the leader in blasting services in Chile and Latin America and the first company in the world that is actively developing a complete robotized solution for blasting. Enaex’s mission is to become the most prestigious company in its industry and deliver first class blasting solutions in the most important mining regions of the world.






OCTOBER 31, 2017 – Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) and Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. (Liebherr) are pleased to announce that Liebherr’s new autonomous ready haul trucks will be compatible with ASI’s autonomous command and control platform; MOBIUS. Liebherr’s vision of an autonomous haul truck includes an open interface that enables the truck to integrate to ASI’s Mobius platform. Liebherr’s autonomous vehicles can be controlled under an OEM agnostic command system for autonomous vehicles, providing maximum flexibility for their customers.

By adopting the Mobius platform, Liebherr is poised to differentiate its autonomous vehicles by addressing the market need for interoperability and openness,” explains ASI’s Drew Larsen, Director of Business Development over Mining. “I believe the market will welcome Liebherr’s decision.”

Liebherr has integrated with the Mobius protocols for its vehicle control interface, rather than establishing a proprietary command and control platform on its own. This move to an open platform will provide much needed flexibility to their customers when integrating different autonomous vehicle types throughout a mine site.

About Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle automation. ASI’s Mobius platform provides an OEM-agnostic, interoperable command and control software solution for autonomous vehicles. Mobius enables mine operations to integrate a variety of mining based vehicles under a comprehensive platform. ASI’s robotic hardware and software systems allow users to safely manage their entire fleet of vehicles autonomously. A world leader in vendor-independent vehicle automation systems, we serve clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, government, and manufacturing industries with remote control, teleoperation, and fully automated solutions, all from our headquarters and 100-acre proving ground in northern Utah.

ASI’s vehicle automation products can be found in companies and government agencies throughout the world, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Ford Motor Company, Case New Holland, Luke Air Force Base, General Dynamics, Sharp Electronics, and others.



Autonomous ready haul trucks

About Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co.

Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. has been manufacturing large mining trucks designed to handle payloads of up to 363 t / 400 tons for the international mining industry since the mid-1990s. The trusted diesel-electric drive concept ensures the highest level of cost-effectiveness and, when paired with a Liebherr R 996 B or R 9800 mining excavator, the trucks are perfectly suited for the demands of mining environments. Customers can expect a high level of performance from these machines at the lowest cost per ton. Since Liebherr’s move into the mining industry, its equipment has set standards in open-cast mining operations around the world. Through advanced technologies, long-life components and comprehensive on-site customer service, Liebherr mining trucks, excavators and crawler tractors ensure the highest levels of up-time and cost-efficiency – even under the toughest of conditions. Liebherr’s continuous focus on innovation and quality ensures maximum customer value in all product areas.






While it may seem like something ripped from the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel, a fully autonomous, unmanned mining fleet can be implemented today using an operation’s existing mining vehicles. Companies in the mining space that are looking to integrate autonomous solutions may find it challenging and cost-prohibitive to instantly switch from a human labor force to one where advanced robots complete the majority of production tasks.

While some mine operations have the resources to support broad autonomy deployments via pilot or sandbox sites, others may need a more gradual approach.

For those operations, ASI has pioneered a three-step, gradual approach that ends in full autonomy, as we reveal in the conclusion of our series on the pathway to autonomous mining.

With an operator still behind the wheel, shadowing is conducted by gathering data from the system in the background and running autonomous simulations within the actual mine circuit. During these trials, the system generates “hypothetical driven” data and compares this to “as-driven” data; in a way, studying and learning from manual operations.

This step also provides the opportunity to address any potential COMMS or false positive obstacle detection events. Administrators can make modifications as needed, and obtain a high-level assessment of system readiness prior to a switchover to unmanned autonomy. Shadow trials minimize potential disruption of mine production for a frictionless transition.



Full autonomy under a graduated methodology is made possible by the two phases that preceded it, driver assist and partial autonomy. In step one, driver assist, the OEM agnostic command and control platform, Mobius, is introduced to provide data gathering, position monitoring, and reporting functionality similar to most FMS applications.

Mobius acts as a hub that allows for the integration of additional features like a collision warning system (CWS). In step two, modules and hardware are added to expand the functions of Mobius, including an actuated collision avoidance system (CAS), and auto-spotting which allows unmanned control of vehicles.

At this point, human operators are still in the vehicle, but all the elements are in place to migrate to unmanned full autonomy. However, before autonomy is given the helm, it’s highly recommended that shadow trials (via Mobius Shadow Trial module) take place.

Shadow trials serve as a bridge between manned and unmanned operations. With the system finely calibrated and the humans comfortable with directing advanced robotics, Mobius can take the reins of the mining production process.

Migrating to a driverless fleet isn’t out of reach. At ASI, we make it possible with our 3-step incremental approach that is designed to mitigate both the risk and cost of switching to autonomy.

We have the tools to upgrade current mining vehicles with smart software and robust hardware, transforming them into highly productive, fully autonomous machines. For more information about our driverless solutions, visit us at www.asirobots.com today!











Like most organizations today, companies in the mining industry are looking to technological advancements in autonomy to remain competitive and achieve the highest levels of productivity. But migrating from a traditional manned operation to a driverless fleet is new territory that can be fraught with uncertainty and financial risk, causing reluctance to adopt advanced robotics.

ASI understands the natural concerns regarding the expense and unfamiliarity of integrating artificial intelligence, and has developed a gradual, three-step approach to autonomous mining which begins with driver assist, and seamlessly advances to step two, partial autonomy.



In the first blog in this mini-series on the pathway to autonomy, we explained how driver assist functions provide familiarity with smart technology at low-risk and sensible cost, while keeping manual control in the hands of humans.

By equipping an existing fleet with Mobius Command and Control, operators can become comfortable using software for tasks such as position monitoring, collision warning (CWS), and fatigue monitoring.

Having mastered and benefited from the advantages of driver assist, operations can relinquish even more responsibilities to autonomous technology, while retaining human control of the fleet.



Already accustomed to using CWS, operators can incorporate collision avoidance systems (CAS) for further safety enhancements. When collision scenarios are detected, CAS can apply the brakes and throttle system of vehicles.

This function adds path filtering as well as additional sensor filters. CAS provides an additional level of security in the event an operator becomes fatigued, distracted, or otherwise impaired. This module will require the addition of ASI’s vehicle automation hardware.

The implementation of auto-spotting can help maintain an operator’s performance throughout the duration of a shift. Auto-spotting functions similarly to cruise control or autopilot. When engaged, the auto spotting module drives the vehicle to a cusp point, then back to a preset spot as established by the operator.



The operator can assume control at any time during the spotting cycle by tapping the brake. This module requires the hardware upgrade described for CAS, and the loader client kit to be installed on each loader/shovel that interfaces with the auto spotting module.

Collision avoidance, and auto-spotting are partially autonomous enhancements mining operations can integrate, before graduating to the final step in the pathway to an unmanned fleet — full autonomy.

Be sure to visit us soon to learn more about this final phase; and for more information about our offerings, visit us at www.asirobots.com today!







The future of mining lies in autonomy. While mining companies understand autonomous technology is the way forward, there is confusion as to the best practices for transitioning from manned to driverless fleets. ASI has partnered with industry leaders to integrate autonomous solutions and, as a result, gained unique insight into how to successfully deploy this advanced technology. Here are four key considerations to keep in mind in order to pave an effective path toward autonomy.



Interoperability: Currently, there are no common standards or protocols for autonomous systems, leading to a lack of cohesion and suboptimal productivity from automated vehicles. Mobius provides open protocols to allow interoperability between vehicle automation controllers from multiple vendors.

Integration: Mining requires numerous vehicles to execute operations including dozers, blast trucks, drills, haul trucks, loaders, and more. Much of the equipment in a mining fleet and the current systems that support them are built on proprietary technology that is not made to seamlessly integrate with one another. This makes it difficult to transition into full scale autonomy as mining companies spend money on piecemeal projects that don’t work together, leading to decreased efficiency.




Our Mobius software is an OEM agnostic command and control platform for fleet wide traffic management that doesn’t rely on proprietary systems, making it versatile and enabling autonomy across all equipment no matter the manufacturer

Implementation: Implementing full-scale autonomous solutions is impeded by the scope and complexity of such an undertaking. Companies find it difficult to finance and support a broad program, and have concerns about the short-term impact of implementation on productivity. Our technology is scalable, allowing for an incremental approach toward automation that can be expanded, phase by phase, until full autonomy is achieved.



Value Proposition: While driverless vehicle fleets are the future of mining, it’s important that autonomous technology isn’t adopted for technology’s sake. Companies must be able to extract real value from making an investment in these advanced solutions. Using an incremental approach and equipping vehicles with our autonomy kit in a scalable and methodical fashion allows us to demonstrate the value of deploying autonomous technology before further investment is made.

ASI has emerged as a leader in autonomous solutions, and our technology for mining vehicle fleets is specifically developed to improve the safety and productivity of mines. To learn more about our revolutionary solutions and how it can transform your mining operation, visit us online at www.asirobots.com today!







The benefits autonomy will bring to mining operations are well known, but the way to transition to unmanned fleets is less clear. In this, the first in a trilogy of blog posts, we’ll demonstrate how an incremental, multi-phase approach can serve as a successful path to full scale autonomy.

A mining operation may be slow to adopt advantageous autonomous technology for a number of sensible reasons. The first is cost. Transitioning from a manned fleet to a robotic workforce requires a significant investment that puts autonomy out of the hands of many companies. The second is unfamiliarity. Managing artificial intelligence and advanced robotics isn’t quite as intuitive as hiring and training a human.



Another reason is short-term unproductivity. Operations simply can’t afford the temporary reduction in productivity during the migration process. In order to provide for a seamless transition, ASI offers a gradual approach to adopting this next generation technology.

Similar to the recently unveiled CNH Industrial autonomous concept tractor, this security robot is built on ASI’s hardware and software platform. Mobius, ASI’s command and control software enables a single operator to oversee the coordination and cooperation of multiple A-UGVs.



Driver assist. It’s a feature that comes with more and more vehicles offered by automakers over the last few years. The car industry understands that people are naturally wary of yielding control of their car over to artificial intelligence, and have rolled out driver assist technology to get individuals comfortable with a small degree of autonomy. Cars equipped with driver assist features can parallel park themselves and stay in their lanes while cruising on freeways. Driver assist features are also available for mining vehicles, and marks the first, affordable and low risk step into transforming from a manned to a fully autonomous fleet.

At ASI, our engineers have developed intelligent hardware and software that can be used to bring autonomous functionality to existing mining equipment. It all starts with Mobius FMS (Fleet Management System). Mobius FMS is an OEM agnostic command and control platform designed for interoperability and scalability. The primary functions of Mobius FMS include dispatch, position monitoring, and reporting functionality. Mobius FMS serves as a hub that allows for the integration of driver assist features like collision warning and avoidance systems (CWS/CAS), fatigue monitoring, and spotting assist.



The CWS module is comprised of an operator warning system which does not interact with vehicle actuation. Once Mobius FMS is setup, no additional hardware is needed for basic CWS functionality as it utilizes GPS proximity warnings. The base CWS module is also expandable to include sensor based detection along with projected path filters for additional intelligence.

ASI’s robust Mobius FMS and CWS module are cost-effective driver assist features suitable for mining companies looking to carefully integrate autonomy into their operations. The driver assist phase provides familiarity with intelligent technology at low-risk, while keeping manual control in the hands of humans.

It is the first step to achieving an unmanned, fully autonomous fleet. But before that can be realized, a second step involving partial-autonomy must be completed. Be sure to visit us soon to learn more about this next phase; and for more information about our offerings, visit us at www.asirobots.com today!

For more information about security robots and ASI visit www.asirobots.com/security










Autonomous technology is being leveraged to disrupt a number of industries including transportation, manufacturing, and product fulfillment. Autonomy removes much of the human risk associated with dangerous jobs by putting the person behind a remote command center far from the danger, and letting robots perform hazardous tasks instead. Nowhere will we find the life-saving benefits of this technology more apparent than in the perilous occupation of mining.

Mining has historically been one of the most treacherous jobs in the world, with the probability of injuries and deaths higher than that of most professions. In an effort to enhance both safety and productivity in mining, robotics leader Autonomous Solutions, Inc has developed revolutionary hardware and software that removes humans from the vehicle driver’s seat and puts them in front of a command center, where they can remotely execute mining activities without any of the risks associated with manual operation.



“ASI’s autonomy kit can automate any vehicle in your existing mining fleet.”

ASI’s autonomy kit can automate any vehicle in your existing mining fleet. Dozers, blast trucks, excavators, underground LHD loaders, and front end loaders are just some of the mining vehicles we can bring to life with our autonomous technology. After we install hardware into your equipment, the human operator can then monitor multiple vehicles with our Mobius software platform. Mobius operates on a dedicated server housed in a control room on site, and is linked to each vehicle via an RF Network such as wireless mesh, LTE, or other connection. Not only is the human now safely out of harm’s way, a single operator can manage a fleet of vehicles from a remote location, improving mining efficiency.







ASI’s autonomy kit can automate any vehicle in your existing mining fleet. Dozers, blast trucks, excavators, underground LHD loaders, and front end loaders are just some of the mining vehicles we can bring to life with our autonomous technology. After we install hardware into your equipment, the human operator can then monitor multiple vehicles with our Mobius software platform. Mobius operates on a dedicated server housed in a control room on site, and is linked to each vehicle via an RF Network such as wireless mesh, LTE, or other connection. Not only is the human now safely out of harm’s way, a single operator can manage a fleet of vehicles from a remote location, improving mining efficiency.

Mobius is designed to help mines realize increased productivity. The platform allows vehicle operations to be managed in a reliable manner, and significantly reduces labor, fuel, and maintenance costs.



“Mobius is designed to help mines realize increased productivity.”

Regulations imposed for human operations restrict flexibility in mine design. But our advanced AI carries no such restrictions, giving mine operators more freedom to alter designs in areas such as road widths or wall heights, which can greatly reduce removal costs. Robots don’t require breaks and can work for an extended time period, further increasing vehicle utilization and mine productivity. Better tracking and control of vehicle operations extends asset life in the areas of tires, brakes, and other components for even deeper cost savings.



Our autonomous technology is available today for mines anywhere around the world. It is scalable – smaller mine operations can implement the Mobius platform and expand it in the future. Because Mobius is OEM agnostic, it works with your existing mining vehicles and can integrate your entire fleet into a fully autonomous operation in a phase-by-phase approach or all at once. To find out more about how our game-changing autonomous technology is causing a seismic shift in mining while enhancing safety and productivity, visit us at asirobots.com!



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If the last year has taught the mining industry anything, it would be the sheer unpredictability of the sector. Commodity prices continued to dip toward unprecedented lows as the anticipated resurgence of commodities appears farther away than the industry had hoped. Miners are left to brace for more possible bad news in 2016.

But that's not to say that there are not still opportunities to shave costs, improve productivity, and position for the upswing. Deloitte's "Tracking the Trends 2016" report details several strategies that will help companies navigate the mine field that is today's mining industry. Deloitte’s top strategy? Investment in innovation.

"One strategy involves a continued investment in innovation," the report suggests.
"Companies embracing innovation are improving mining intensity whilst reducing people, capital, and energy intensity."
"In fact… some miners have realized energy saving of 10-40% by investing in renewable energy installations, deploying innovative energy technologies, and driving towards more automated mine processes to optimize energy consumption."

Beyond improvements in energy consumption, miners can focus on automating both processes and vehicles to achieve significant productivity gains. In an article to World Coal, ABB's Adrian Beer suggested that the integration of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) can help miners achieve dramatic efficiency gains.
"[IT/OT convergence] allows the entire operation to optimize its production processes to maximize efficiency improvements, sometimes as high as 5-10%, which are results that drop straight to the bottom line."
As sensors become increasingly affordable and as equipment becomes more internet-capable, mining companies will be able to collect and analyze large amounts of data enabling them to pinpoint drains on productivity.

Mobius Command and Control software allows unmanned vehicles to perform in hazardous areas without endangering the operator.
Our Mobius Command and Control software allows unmanned vehicles to perform in hazardous areas without endangering the operator.

"The move toward autonomous vehicles and automated technologies has already revolutionized mining operations," reads Deloitte. "As the 'intelligence' of these machines grows, they will be able to perform increasingly complex tasks, including hazardous activities--reducing labor costs and enhancing productivity as a result." Mining major Rio Tinto demonstrated in numbers released in October that a network of autonomous haul trucks in the Pilbara region outperformed a manned fleet by an average of 12%.

Investment in innovation holds many benefits to mining companies, but this is only one of the suggestions offered by the mining experts at Deloitte. To explore additional suggestions and to gear up for mining in 2016,



Volatility in the mining industry caused by, amongst other things, shrinking global demand and record low commodity prices has left mining companies looking for ways to retool their organizations and processes to cope with what some are calling the “new normal.” Mining majors are beginning to exhaust classic short term fixes, such as Anglo American’s massive restructure that would release 85,000 workers over the next few years, and are now looking to other sources to achieve long term productivity and process improvements.

In the shadow of these challenges, Deloitte released "Tracking the Trends 2016 " The report is designed to focus on the current issues in the mining industry and provide suggestions on where miners can go to meet these challenges. We previously focused on Deloitte’s recommendation to invest in innovation and the massive productivity gains achieved by several mining companies by leveraging technology.

In another strategy, Deloitte suggests mining companies build bridges with other industries to learn and incorporate lessons on process optimization. The manufacturing and automotive industries in particular have a long history with lean production systems as well as investment in robotic technology.


The mining industry can learn from the automotive industry's automation


"The Ford Motor Company is a salient case in point," says Deloitte. "In 2006, the company lost over US$12 billion following a collapse in consumer demand. Between 2011 and 2014, however, Ford realized annual profits ranging from US$6.2 billion to US$8.3 billion."


One of the reasons for this dramatic turnaround—of which we at ASI have a particularly intimate knowledge—was Ford's willingness to
"embrace emerging technologies, such as robotics, self-driving vehicles, connecting vehicles to the cloud, and hybrid and electric vehicle development."
Since 2011, ASI has been working with Ford to develop a robotic durability testing program . The program improves safety by removing test drivers from the most jarring test tracks and improves productivity by allowing vehicles to test 24/7. The same automation technologies that delivered productivity and safety improvements to Ford's durability testing program can be realized in mining vehicle automation.

“Although there are as many differences between the automotive and mining sectors as there are similarities,” Deloitte concluded,
“forward-thinking miners can likely make unanticipated productivity gains by taking lessons from this example.”

Looking to and leveraging lessons learned by other industries may hold the key for improving productivity for mining companies, but this is just one of the suggestions offered by Deloitte. To explore additional suggestions and to gear up for mining in 2016,