Volvo Trucks has just signed an agreement with Brønnøy Kalk AS in Norway to provide its first commercial autonomous solution transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port.
The solution for Brønnøy Kalk AS consists of limestone being transported by six autonomous Volvo FH trucks on a five kilometer stretch through tunnels between the mine itself and the crusher. Tests of this solution have been carried out successfully and will continue throughout 2018 to become fully operational by the end of 2019.
The agreement follows recent successful automation projects involving mining, sugar cane harvesting and refuse collection. Yet this commercial solution represents an exciting first for Volvo Trucks. Rather than purchasing autonomous trucks, Brønnøy Kalk is buying a transport solution – specifically the transport of the limestone between the two hubs.
The agreement involves a deal whereby the customer buys a total transport service and pays per tonne delivered.
Facts: Volvo Trucks first autonomous commercial solution
- The deal covers an autonomous hub-to-hub solution transporting limestone at Brønnøy Kalk in Velfjord, Norway.
- Partners are Brønnøy Kalk AS and Volvo Trucks.
- The autonomous Volvo FH trucks are managed by the operator of a wheel loader.
- The route includes driving in both tunnels and outdoor environment.