The future is autonomous, the future of automation is now.

The future is autonomous, the future is now

It started with driverless truck in 1996. Every year since, we've worked to define the role of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles in the industrial world.

 

The year was 1996. The location: Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the scene for the unveiling of the first fully autonomous, prototype mining truck at the MINEXPO Conference. Fast-forward 21 years, and autonomy is permeating nearly every industry. Driverless cars are on very near horizon, and autonomous robots can be found in factories all over the world.

At Caterpillar, the pursuit for safer, more efficient operations has led to us carving out roles for autonomy in the industrial world. Autonomous and semi-autonomous machines are driving step-change improvements in operational efficiency and keeping humans safer by allowing work in extreme and hazardous conditions.

Australian iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is a prime example of an operation that has fully embraced the benefits of autonomy. FMG opened their Solomon Mine last year in Western Australia, employing a fleet of fully autonomous Cat® mining trucks. Their fleet ultimately increased efficiency by nearly 20 percent, making the most out of the 60 million metric tons mined here ever year.

These machines can work 24/7, always choose the most efficient route possible and help automate a critical part of the mining process – ensuring our customers make the most out of every second spent on any job in the working world.

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