Scania opens orders for autonomous mining trucks

Scania opens orders for autonomous mining trucks

Scania’s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining available to order, and the 50-tonne model to follow shortly afterwards.

Scania announced that it has begun selling autonomous mining trucks, with s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining available to order, and the 50-tonne model to follow shortly afterwards.

Sales of Scania autonomous mining solutions will start in Australia, with first deliveries and start of operation scheduled from 2026. Scania believes the next market will likely be Latin America, a region where it has significant market presence in the mining segment. 

“The transition from research and development to the launch of a commercial product is a major milestone for us and for autonomous heavy transport in general. This is the most advanced product Scania has put on the market so far,” said Peter Hafmar, vice president and head of autonomous solutions at Scania.  

Stepping toward sustainability

“Another benefit with our solution is that it allows mining companies to more quickly take the next step towards zero-emission operations. It’s easier to electrify operations with Scania’s autonomous trucks compared with traditional heavy haulage trucks,” said Hafmar. 

Scania says its mining solutions with smaller, civil-class trucks also have overall potential advantages over the industry’s traditional heavy haulage trucks, both in terms of emissions and productivity. By utilizing Scania’s autonomous mining trucks, the company said overall mining footprint including energy and infrastructure requirements can be reduced, meaning that capital and operating expenses could also be reduced at suitable sites. 

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Scania tells us its autonomous trucks can also fit into an existing operations setup in a mine, due to their interoperability with other systems and vehicles.

Over the past ten years, Scania tells us its invested heavily in the development of self-driving vehicles, not just for mines, but hub-to-hub transport on highway uses, as well.

Scania’s autonomous tipper truck has been developed in close cooperation between Scania’s R&D department and customers in the mining industry, with extensive testing in the harshest real-life conditions. 

“It’s probably the most ambitious research and development project we have done so far together with a customer, and I am very pleased about the result. Thanks to all the rigorous checks and numerous on-site tests we have been able to develop an optimal autonomous transport solution for mines,” Peter Hafmar concluded. 

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