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Scania opens books for autonomous mining trucks

The groundbreaking mining truck technology will first be sold to Australian customers in the coming years

Scania has announced it is taking a big step forward in the autonomous transport space, with orders now open for Scania’s self-driving mining vehicles.

Scania has begun selling its autonomous mining trucks to allow for safer, more efficient and more sustainable mining operations.

It’s now possible for orders to be placed for Scania’s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining, with the 50-tonne model set to follow shortly after.

The autonomous mining range will start its sales in Australia, with first deliveries scheduled from 2026 onwards. Following this, Scania intends to target Latin America.

“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,” Scania vice president and head of autonomous solutions Peter Hafmar says.

“This is the most advanced product Scania has put on the market so far.”

Image: Scania Australia

Scania’s overall mining solutions include smaller, civil-class trucks that have advantages over traditional heavy haulage trucks in terms of emissions and productivity, according to Hafmar.

He says that Scania’s autonomous trucks can also be smoothly fitted into an existing operations set-up in a mine courtesy of their interoperability with other systems and vehicles.

“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,” Hafmar says.

The announcement follows Scania’s heavy investment in developing self-driving vehicles over the past decade, including applications for hub-to-hub transport on highways as well as autonomous vehicles for confined areas like mines.

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 completed in 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,” Hafmar says.

“Thanks to all the rigorous checks and numerous on-site tests we have been able to develop an optimal autonomous transport solution for mines.”

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