Israel Aerospace Industries Unveils New Heavy Autonomous Vehicles for Mining and Development

Published by , April 30, 2018 1:52 pm

(Globes.co.il) Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) is unveiling new autonomous products that could potentially revolutionize mining and quarrying. IAI’s robotics factory has developed technology for utilizing autonomous vehicles in heavy mechanical equipment used in mining and development work. These autonomous capabilities will substantially reduce the operating costs for engineering tools. The heavy tools can be operated from remote command and control rooms, or according to definitions of software installed in them ahead of time according to the character of the task.
IAI says, “We’re talking about heavy trucks of 200-400 tons, each as tall as a building, with huge tires having four-meter diameters. The job of these trucks is to transport dirt repeatedly from one place to another, but why put a driver in them when they can be piloted by commands delivered from an air-conditioned command and control room? We have managed to turn this monster into an unmanned vehicle, while reducing fuel consumption to a minimum, cutting down on pollution, and improving efficiency in mining work. This enables us to appeal to a growing market.”

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