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Australian Mines Shift to Driverless Trucks

Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto is trialing driverless truck fleets at two of its iron ore mines in Western Australia.

November 03, 2015

Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto is trialing driverless truck fleets at two of its iron ore mines in Western Australia, reports ft.com.

Rio has 69 automated trucks, which is about a fifth of its entire fleet in the Pilbara. The trucks collectively move about 2.2 million tons of material a month at the iron ore mines, according to ft.com.

Rio Tinto along with other major mining companies are turning to technology like driverless trucks to cuts costs as ore prices continue to fall. 

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