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  • Three battery-electric heavy equipment vehicles by Epiroc.

    Epiroc seeks to elevate mining autonomy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    Collabs with academia, tech firm, with funding from government for future safe, smart vehicles. With 150 years of experience in all things mining, Sweden-based Epiroc has unveiled its next generation in mineral extraction, which will leverage the power of artificial intelligence to make its mining vehicles more autonomous through a new collaborative project called the Realistic Navigation Assistance and Machine Control, or ReNAM. Funded by Swedish government innovation agency...

  • An ExynAero drone on a landing pad underground.

    Exyn strengthens strategic partnerships

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    Further solidifying its leadership in the world of multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex and GPS-denied environments, Exyn Technologies Inc. has secured funding that strengthens the autonomous robotics pioneer's strategic partnerships. Founded in 2014 as a spin-out of the University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, Exyn has quickly grown as the leading contender for autonomous exploration and mapping for industries...

  • Cat 785 mining haul truck dumping material at a mine site.

    Autonomous trucks at ioneer lithium mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Enormous 140-metric-ton autonomous Cat trucks loaded with lithium-boron ore will be driving themselves around on the very first day of operations at ioneer Ltd.'s Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada. Slated to begin operations in 2024, the Rhyolite Ridge Mine is expected to produce an average of 20,600 metric tons of lithium carbonate and 174,400 metric tons of boric acid annually for 26 years. Electric vehicle batteries are driving unprecedented demand for the lithium to be... Full story

  • Caterpillar haul truck mining autonomous vehicle MINExpo 500 Cats globally video

    500 giant driverless Cat mining trucks

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    A two-story-tall mining truck hauling more than half a million pounds of rock may not seem like the best choice for perfecting the science of autonomous travel. As it turns out, however, mines provide an ideal controlled testing ground for autonomous vehicles, and Caterpillar Inc. has been at the forefront of pioneering autonomous haulage systems for mining operations around the world. This revolutionary work has resulted in an exciting new mining technologies milestone for...

  • Pilbara iron mining bulk tonnage autonomous haulage convoy

    Autonomous convoys to deliver WA iron ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The economics of mining bulk tonnage commodities such as iron ore often hinge upon the ability to economically deliver millions of tons of product per year to global markets. Typically, trains and ships are the lowest cost options for moving ore at this scale. If an iron ore deposit is too far away from the ocean and too small to justify the expense of connecting to world markets via rail, then it becomes stranded. Unless, maybe, an autonomous convoy of triple-trailer trucks...

  • Boliden Komatsu autonomous equipment FrontRunner haulage system Aitik mine

    Boliden to automate copper mine trucks

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Looking to get the most out of its 53-year-old Aitik copper-gold-silver mine, European mining giant Boliden has ordered Komatsu's FrontRunner autonomous haulage system for 11 ultra-class 930E-5 electric drive haul trucks at the open-pit operation in northern Sweden. While Aitik continues to steadily produce more than 200 million pounds of copper, 100,000 ounces of gold, and 1.1 million oz of silver per year, the transportation of ore to meet this production rate gets longer...

  • Las Vegas Rio Tinto Caterpillar MINExpo electric equipment Australia Gudai-Darri

    Enormous zero-emissions mine truck pact

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Rio Tinto and Caterpillar have entered into an agreement to develop and deploy around 35 Cat 793 zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks to Gudai-Darri, an already technically advanced iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. "Our ambition to reach net-zero emissions across our operations is a priority," said Rio Tinto Chief Commercial Officer Alf Barrios. "Reaching this ambition will require new and innovative solutions and partnerships with supplier partners...

  • Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Automine Concept autonomous underground

    Secret Sandvik Automine loader unveiled

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In the depths of its test mine and lab in Tampere, Finland, Sandvik has secretly been carrying out underground tests on a cabinless, electrified, and automated concept loader that showcases the Swedish company's vision for the future of mining equipment. Clandestinely developed in a facility dubbed Area 52, this concept loader is equipped with Sandvik's Automine, an automation solution that allows the cutting-edge mining machine to navigate through the rough and changing... Full story

  • SafeAI retrofit autonomous heavy equipment mining construction California

    SafeAI opts to retrofit autonomous trucks

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A single mine haul truck can cost up to $5 million, so adapting a single large mine to autonomous haulage can cost in the tens or even hundreds of millions. SafeAI Inc. is taking the retrofit approach to provide a solution to existing mines where equipment replacement would ordinarily be cost-prohibitive. Since its start in 2017, SafeAI has been focused on delivering the benefits of connecting autonomy to the construction and mining industries. Based in California, the...

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