Autonomous vehicles have been operating in natural resources industries for a while now, and so far shown very impressive results.
Komatsu and Caterpillar combined for 2.5B tonnes hauled over a handful a sites so far, without a lost time incident.
Fleets are reporting a 15% reduction in haulage costs, 15% increased equipment longevity, and 10% reduction in both fuel and maintenance costs.
Automation is not limited to trucks; a fully automated train is currently running an 800 km haul in Australia.
Check out the full article- Construction Weekly – Autonomous Mining Trucks