BHP Billiton to Test Use of Robot Trucks in Jimblebar Mine

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Mining giant BHP Billiton ( BHP ) announced on Thursday that it will pilot test the use of robot trucks at its Jimblebar iron ore mine in Pilbara. The company will use by late 2013 between 12 and 15 automated Caterpillar trucks, BHP head of Iron Ore and Coal Marcus Randolph disclosed.

By trying the robot trucks, BHP would follow rival Rio Tinto ( RIO ) which had pioneered in the area of automated trucks. Rio has 10 driverless trucks running at its Junction South East mine in Pilbara. Rio said it plans to expand its Komatsu trucks fleet to 150 over the next four years as well as put in place driverless trains.

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