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A driverless truck in iron mine

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The Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is running driverless trucks in its mine at Yandicoogina and Nammuldi, which have it operations center in Perth, 1,200 kilometers away.

image via southburnett.com.au/
image via southburnett.com.au/

So how this is functioning?

The mining giant is now operating 69 driverless trucks across its mines.

image via medium.com
image via medium.com

The engineers in the mining site have made maps of entire mine and put that into a system. The system then directs how to maneuver the trucks through the mine. Now with the help of control center, these trucks can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without a driver which reduce the operating cost and increase the efficiency. Also, this technology is taking away the dangerous job performed by the drivers who were always vulnerable to many risks.

(With some inputs from abc.net.au)