Posted: November 7, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff
CALGARY, AB – Suncor has confirmed a one-year pilot project to test six 400-tonne autonomous-ready Komatsu trucks in an isolated section of northern Alberta’s oilsands.
Japan’s Komatsu says that while operating autonomous dump trucks in Chilean and Australian mines, it has hauled more than one billion tonnes of materials since 2008.
Suncor told CBC News that no timeline or final approach has been set for the project and that the trucks can be used with or without a driver.
A spokesperson for Komatsu, addressing potential job losses for truck drivers, told CBC News that, “These newly improved machines don’t suddenly design, manufacture, train, maintain or fix themselves.”