Komatsu plans to release autonomous haulage vehicle

By |  September 27, 2016
Komatsu unveiled its plans for innovative autonomous haulage vehicles at MINExpo International 2016. Photo courtesy of Komatsu.

Komatsu unveiled its plans for innovative autonomous haulage vehicles at MINExpo International 2016. Photo courtesy of Komatsu.

Komatsu developed an innovative autonomous haulage vehicle (IAHV) that features a cab-less structure. The company unveiled the technology during MINExpo International 2016.

By distributing equal load to the four wheels both when the vehicle is loaded and unloaded, Komatsu aims for high-performance shuttling of this vehicle in both forward and reverse travel directions, the company adds. This feature eliminates the need for K-turns at loading and unloading sites.

The company expects this vehicle to boost productivity at mines where existing unmanned haul trucks face challenging conditions, such as slippery ground due to frequent snow or rain, as well as confined spaces for loading. Komatsu plans to release the technology in the near future. According to the company, there is no exact release date yet.

Additionally, Komatsu first introduced its autonomous haulage system (AHS) in 2008. The company says it plans to continue to optimize the performance of mining and aggregate equipment by promoting unmanned machine operation.

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