Scania to develop autonomous haulage solutions 24 October 2022

Scania Rio Tinto autonomous Both companies have established a long-term R&D agreement on autonomous technology

Scania and Rio Tinto are developing autonomous haul trucks at a mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in a bid to lower emissions.

The two companies have established a long-term research and development (R&D) agreement for the continuous advancement of this autonomous technology. The partnership also includes options for the future transition to electric-powered vehicles.

Both companies launched trials on Scania’s 40-tonne-payload autonomous mining trucks in April 2022, which are performing a driverless operation in a simulated load and haul cycle environment.

Rio Tinto group technical managing director Santi Pal said: “Our climate action plan includes phasing out the purchase of new diesel haul trucks by 2030, and partnering with industry leaders, such as Scania, across a range of fields, is an important step towards achieving that. As well as the potential decarbonisation benefits, this partnership provides a path to potential productivity improvements.”

Scania vice president & head of autonomous solutions Peter Hafmar said: “This is a major step towards the goals of a sustainable autonomous mining solution and builds on our already fruitful long-term collaboration.”

Transport Engineer

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