Fortescue Metals Group rolls out autonomous Ford Ranger utes on WA mine

Ford Australia and Fortescue Metals Group have teamed as much as roll out a fleet of autonomous utes on the firm’s Chichester Hub within the Pilbara.

4 Ford Rangers have been retrofitted with on-board car automation techniques to help the driverless gear switch service.

The system makes use of an built-in Lidar/Radar system which might detect and keep away from obstacles, aided by fail protected brakes.

Ought to the automated gentle automobiles, or ALVs, show profitable at their preliminary Christmas Creek website, they may then be rolled out at different operational websites.

Since 2012, Fortscue has transformed 168 of its haulage vans to autonomous driving.

Fortescue Metals Group's autonomous Ford Rangers.
Digicam IconFortescue Metals Group’s autonomous Ford Rangers. Credit score: Provided

Fortescue chief government Elizabeth Gaines stated comparable tech on gentle industrial vehciles would enhance security, productiveness and effectivity.

“The autonomous gentle car venture is a major development of our in-house automation functionality, constructing on our main autonomous haulage system program which has already delivered vital productiveness and effectivity enhancements for the enterprise,” she stated.

“This venture is key to our future cellular gear automation tasks.”

Ford Australia chief government Andrew Birkic stated the model was desperate to study extra about how autonomous automobiles are used.

“Ford globally is on the forefront of analysis into autonomous automobiles and dealing with firms like Fortescue is important to gaining an perception into particular consumer functions,” he stated.