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Fortescue defends autonomous system after trucks collide in the Pilbara

Mining News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Fortescue Metals Group confirmed that an autonomous truck at its Christmas Creek iron mine in the Pilbara has reversed into a stationary truck. The autonomous truck made contact with the parked truck on February 11 and caused no injuries. Fortescue stated that the collision was not a failure of its autonomous haulage systems and that a full investigation was being conducted.

Fortescue chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines, said that “Safety is Fortescue’s highest priority and our autonomous haulage system has improved the safety and productivity of our operations. No manned vehicles or people were involved and no team members were injured or were at risk of being injured. This was not the result of any failure of the autonomous system. Since the introduction of the first AHS truck at Solomon in 2012, AHS trucks have safely travelled over 24.7 million kilometres.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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