This initiative is part of Vale's drive to leverage technology at its mines to reduce impact on the environment and enhance heath, safety and operational efficiency.
Powered by Komatsu's AHS FrontRunner technology, the initial deployment is expected to start this month, with the goal of operating 37 trucks autonomously by 2024.
To support a successful transition to autonomy, Komatsu opened an AHS training centre near the mine in August. The centre provides operations and maintenance training to upskill local people on the new technologies being introduced at the mine, in support of human resource development.
"We are honoured to be part of the ongoing wave of technological innovation at Carajás, supporting Vale's commitment to sustainability and helping make the mine a reference in environmental terms," said Masayuki Moriyama, president of Komatsu's mining business division. "We look forward to our continued work together to support the skill growth of local workers and ensure a successful deployment that is designed to increase the safety and productivity of this operation."
With this latest deployment, Komatsu stated it continues to expand its AHS business in South America. Komatsu customers globally are now leveraging AHS at 10 mine sites in four countries.