Caterpillar has announced that it now has over 500 autonomous trucks in operation worldwide, becoming the largest global autonomous fleet of haul trucks.
Cat mining trucks have been around for generations and each new class brings cutting-edge technology built on a foundation of industry leadership.
“Congratulations to the Caterpillar team and our customers on reaching this impressive milestone,” Caterpillar Resource Industries Group president Denise Johnson said.
“Having 500 driverless trucks in operation across the globe is tangible evidence of our ability to innovate and a clear indication of Caterpillar’s commitment to the future of mining.”
Cat’s engineering teams look to the future when developing onboard technology, and partner with customers to ensure its products and services are tailored to achieve customers’ specific business goals, as well as meet the industry’s most pressing needs.
Caterpillar has been investing in autonomous development for decades. From 1994 to 1995, Caterpillar ran the first two prototype Cat 777C autonomous mining trucks at a Texas limestone quarry, where they successfully hauled more than 5000 production loads over a 2.6-mile course.
Caterpillar has autonomous mine sites operating 24/7 on three separate continents, and at the end of 2021, customers using Cat Command technology had safely hauled more than four billion tonnes and travelled over 145 million kilometres autonomously.
Driverless trucks are safer and have up to 30 per cent improved performance over those with operators.
By leveraging Cat’s deep expertise, the company is breaking new ground in autonomous equipment for mining, quarry/aggregates, construction industries and beyond.
Cat uses leading-edge technology to help customers build a safer, more productive mine site.