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Bell to equip ADTs with AI through partnership

By |  February 25, 2022
Bell Trucks America signed an exclusive deal with Pronto AI on autonomous technology that can will be utilized on articulated dump trucks in the U.S. Photo: Bell Trucks America

Bell Trucks America signed a deal with Pronto AI on autonomous technology that will be utilized on articulated dump trucks in the U.S. Photo: Bell Trucks America

Bell Trucks America signed a deal with a technology provider that will allow its off-road trucks in the U.S. and Mexico to be powered by AI.

Through a partnership, Pronto AI will make available its autonomous driving and driver safety technologies to all Bell customers on both new truck purchases and existing fleets via Bell’s network of dealers and service centers.

According to Bell, the deal with Pronto was struck after months of work on a project to deliver autonomous drive technology to Bell articulated dump trucks (ADTs).

“The opportunity to bring this technology to the market with a partnership between Pronto AI and Bell is extremely exciting for us,” says Mitch Nevins, CEO of Bell Trucks America. “This is new ground for our dealers and customers to explore and, for many, we see this as a game changer in cost-per-ton haulage. Autonomy provides consistency in every area of the job scope: production, safety, operation and maintenance, and provides flexibility in operations to ensure a competitive edge and increased profitability.”

Through the partnership, Bell says its commercially available off-road trucks will be the first powered by AI-powered autonomy.

“We’re thrilled and honored that Bell Trucks America has chosen Pronto as its exclusive autonomy technology partner,” says Anthony Levandowski, CEO of Pronto. “We started Pronto out of a desire to build real applications for autonomy technology today, and our partnership with Bell Trucks America is confirmation that our technology and strategy are providing solutions to real-world problems.”

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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