Australia goes autonomous

A new chapter has begun in surface autonomous mining operations with the introduction of Komatsus FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System at Rio Tintos West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara, as Paul Moore reports

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On Christmas Day, 2008, Komatsu Ltd president and CEO Kunio Noji announced that the FrontRunner autonomous haulage system (AHS), supplied to Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mine, part of its East Pilbara