Following comprehensive internal validation of its Autonomous Haulage Solution (AHS) at Liebherr’s Mining Technology Development Centre in the United States, Liebherr Mining has deployed a fleet of four T 264 trucks to support onsite validation.
The onsite validation, taking place at a mine in Western Australia, marks a new stage of Liebherr’s strategy to accelerate development of a new autonomy product for the mining industry.
“After significant research, development and program planning, Liebherr is excited to announce the commencement of onsite Autonomous Haulage Solution validation as we move to deploy the next generation of autonomy technology for mining equipment,” said Scott Bellamy, Divisional General Manager of Product Management for Liebherr Mining.
“This deployment not only represents Liebherr Mining’s market introduction of the AHS, but also highlights Liebherr’s continued expansion as a technology solution provider for the mining industry.”
Liebherr’s supply solutions provide customers with scalable options, from autonomy ready haul trucks through to the fully integrated Liebherr AHS, also including a fully integrated Fleet Management System.
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Liebherr’s philosophy is to provide open architecture solutions, allowing customers the freedom to select which base machines, automation, traffic management and fleet management systems will work best for their specific applications.
“Along with the first deployment of the autonomy solution, Liebherr has expanded its autonomy project team to include onsite support for the duration of the AHS validation program,” Bellamy said. “However, our focus is to ensure the organization can support in the future not only this exciting project, but also future AHS deployments across multiple customers and regions.”
The 416-tonne T 264 mining truck is part of the 240-tonne size class, matching ultra-class hydraulic excavators, as well as electric shovels and wheel loaders.
Its unique combination of a 2,700 hp engine, an efficient Litronic Plus AC drive system and 4,425 hp electric wheel motors allow for faster cycle times.