Six autonomous Volvo FH trucks will transport limestone on a 5km (3 mile) stretch through tunnels, between an open pit mine and a nearby port.
Volvo has carried out successful trials and the system will be fully operational by the end of 2019.
The agreement follows other automation projects for the truck manufacturer involving mining, sugar cane harvesting and refuse collection, but this is the first solution to be delivered on a pay-per-use basis.
Raymond Langfjord, managing director of the mine, says: “We are continuously looking to increase our efficiency and long-term productivity, so we have a clear vision of taking advantage of new opportunities in technology and digital solutions.”
He adds: “By taking the autonomous route it will greatly increase our competitiveness in a tough global market.”
“It is exciting to reach this point where we introduce autonomous solutions,” says Sasko Cuklev, director of autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks.
“By working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs. “This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency as well as increased productivity.”