Companies want to reduce costs and protect profits against future price dips.
by Kerry Hall:
Australia's biggest mining companies plan to add more driverless trucks to their operations in the western Pilbara region to reduce costs and protect profits against future price dips, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO, LSE: RIO) said its program for autonomous — a.k.a. driverless — trucks was well advanced and it has three mines deploying them.
The company said its mine automation is focused on improving cost competitiveness and efficiency.
At the Yandicoogina open-pit mine, Rio has 10 driverless trucks in full operation. ...