Caterpillar and Westrac have signed an MOU with Fortescue to implement autonomous vehicles at its Solomon iron ore hub.
According to Ct, this MOU will include its MineStar technology and an initial fleet of 12 Command for automated 793F Cat trucks.
Set to begin in the third and fourth quarter of next year, the Solomon mine will eventually have 45 autonomous trucks by 2015.
Chris Curfman, Cat vice president, said “this collaboration will positively impact sustainability at Fortescue’s Solomon mine through a reduced environmental footprint and machine efficiencies”.
Fortescue COO Neville Power added that “the expected roll out is more than just a trial, with the plan to get 12 machines by 2012 and then growing this to 45 by 2015”.
The implementation of Command for haul trucks at the iron ore mine is also a significant step forward for Caterpillar, the company added.