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KOMATSU - WORLD LEADER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTONOMOUS HAULAGE VEHICLES

     Just as the era of autonomous, accident free motoring is becoming a reality as cars that can drive themselves begin to appear on Irish roads, Komatsu has stolen a high-tech march by creating a dump truck that uses similar technology.
 
The unit concerned – described by Komatsu as an Autonomous Haulage Vehicle - is one designed for the mining sector. However, as industry watchers will know, the day cannot be far off when Komatsu will introduce similar technology on frontline construction vehicles.
 
What this might mean in practice is a matter for individual imagination. Suffice it to say, it would not require a great stretch of imagination to foresee dozers, wheel loaders and even excavators having the capacity to operate with minimum involvement on the part of the driver.
 
Exclusively developed to maximise the advantages of unmanned operation in challenging conditions, Komatsu's new autonomous haulage vehicle is designed to eliminate K-turns at loading and unloading sites. 
 
By distributing equal load to the four wheels both when the vehicle is loaded and unloaded, and adopting four-wheel drive, retarder and steering, Komatsu's innovative unmanned vehicle provides high-performance shuttling in both forward and reverse travel directions.

Autonomous - Haulage Vehicle 

Komatsu expects that this new vehicle will considerably improve productivity at mines where existing unmanned haulage vehicles face challenging conditions, such as slippery ground due to frequent rain/snow fall as well as confined spaces for loading.
 
     Komatsu has led the world by commercialising Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) vehicles. First introduced in 2008, AHS dump trucks have since hauled over 1 billion tons of overburden and minerals at large-scale mines mainly in Chile and Australia. 
 
By continuing its efforts to optimise the performance of mining equipment, and by aggressively promoting remote control and unmanned machine operation, Komatsu will help its mining customers significantly improve their productivity when this new haulage vehicle hits the market in the near future.
 

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