Sweden-based global truck manufacturer, Volvo Trucks recently announced they had signed a landmark agreement with Norwegian owned calcium carbonate producer, Brønnøy Kalk AS to provide them with their first commercial autonomous solution for transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a port nearby.
Six autonomous Volvo FH Trucks will transport limestone along a five-kilometer stretch through tunnels between the mine itself and the rock crusher. Tests on the route are currently being carried out and will continue throughout 2018 with a goal of being fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2019.
Managing Director for the mine, Raymond Langfjord said, “This is an important step for us, the competition in the industry is tough. We are continuously looking to increase our efficiency and productivity long-term, and we have a clear vision of taking advantage of new opportunities in technology and digital solutions. We were searching for a reliable and innovative partner that shares our focus on sustainability and safety. Going autonomous will greatly increase our competitiveness in a tough global market.”
Volvo Trucks Director for Autonomous Solutions, Sasko Cuklev said, “It is exciting to reach this point where we introduce autonomous solutions, by working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs. This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency as well as increased productivity.”
President of Volvo Trucks, Claes Nilsson added, “We are proud to be able to present an autonomous solution which will meet the challenges of our customers both in terms of safety, reliability and profitability, the global transport needs are continuously changing at a very high pace and the industry is demanding new and advanced solutions to stay ahead. Our aim is to be the leader of the development of products and services to respond to these demands.”