Scania May Opt for Self-Driving Trucks in Mines
Published On Feb 01, 2016
A report on Scania's website says that the company is now conducting tests on self-driving trucks for mining operations. According to the company, the manufacturer could introduce the first self-driving truck that can be used for regular mining operations. Scania is at the forefront of research in this field “with tests under real-life conditions not far off.”
The developers at Scania are analyzing the role of these driver-less trucks in future. So far, there is a good progress in the development of this concept that one of its self-driving test vehicles “Astator”, is able to perform tasks like handling obstacles on roads, and loading and unloading a load of gravel
Lars Hjorth, responsible for per-development operations at Scania's Autonomous Transport Solutions said, “Mines are environments that are especially well suited to self-driving vehicles. The area is contained and the operator can control what other equipment and staff that is working in the area.”
So far, the mining industry has preferred the over-priced & huge construction vehicles for heavy transport requirements. But now, the industry has eyed-on the smaller scale and more flexible solutions involving specialized mining trucks.
Hjorth added, “A truck solution is more cost effective, with the total cost per transported tonne being significantly lower. The infrastructure costs are also reduced as trucks don't require specially reinforced roads.”
“Self-driving mining trucks could become a reality within a few years and the impetus and potential is here today,” said Hjorth. He further added, “The next stop could be self-driving container trucks in ports. And after that the technology will also come to the long haul transport sector, with self-driving vehicles driving between large transport centers where their cargoes are then loaded into ordinary trucks.”