In an all-time first, Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is using two fully automated driverless truck fleets at its massive iron ore mines. It has to be said that the trucks themselves are massive as well, besides operating without a driver!
While Europe decides to regulate driverless trucks on roads with Mercedes-Benz providing a proof-of-concept on a real German highway, a mining company in Western Australia is already using driverless trucks to haul iron ore around its mining sites. These trucks are engaged and operated remotely, in an operations center in the city of Perth. 750 miles away.
Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore chief executive, Andrew Harding has his reasons [...]