Richmond’s Wenco Mining Systems and autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica are partnering to develop a world-first Open Autonomy solution for mining.
Initial trials are underway, and the companies are actively recruiting mining partners with appropriate testing grounds.
The partnership will help meet growing demand with the number of autonomous haulage trucks around the world expected to grow by more than 300% by 2023.
Wenco is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery who manufactures mining excavators and haul trucks. Wenco has developed world class technology solutions to help mining companies increase productivity for over 30 years.
Oxbotica is an autonomous vehicle software company, headquartered in Oxfordshire, England.
The proposed system will provide customers flexibility and efficiency in autonomous mining deployment, allowing them to operate any open standard-based vehicle and integrate it into their existing fleet.
Wenco and Oxbotica both support an open and interoperable ecosystem of partners that integrate solutions alongside existing mine infrastructure. Both companies believe this provides customers with the greatest flexibility and control for integrating new solutions while reducing associated risks and costs.