Testing to commence on autonomous mining excavators in Australia

Hitachi Construction Machinery has announced it will begin testing of ultra-large autonomous excavators at an Australian mine in 2021.

The company says the excavator will be equipped with operator support systems, such as a collision avoidance system. Following initial testing, it hopes that some parts of the excavation and loading operation will be fully automated to enable a single remote operator to run multiple ultra-large hydraulic excavators.