Komatsu develops innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle

Komatsu has unveiled an Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle featuring a cabless structure at MINExpo International 2016 in Las Vegas.

Komatsu AHGUnlike 930E and 830E autonomous models, Komatsu has developed this vehicle exclusively as an unmanned vehicle. It is designed to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation. Komatsu plans a market introduction in the near future.

By distributing equal load to the four wheels both when the vehicle is loaded and unloaded, and adopting four-wheel drive, retarder and steering, Komatsu is aiming for high-performance shuttling of this vehicle in both forward and reverse travel directions, thereby totally eliminating the need for K-turns at loading and unloading sites. In particular, Komatsu expects that this new vehicle will considerably improve the productivity at mines where existing unmanned hauling vehicles face challenging conditions, such as slippery ground due to frequent rain/snow fall as well as confined spaces for loading.

Komatsu sources report the company has led the world by commercializing Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) in 2008. Since then, AHS dump trucks have hauled more than 1 billion cumulative tons  of overburden and minerals at large-scale mines, mainly in Chile and Australia.

By continuing its efforts to optimize the performance of mining equipment and aggressively promote remote control and unmanned machine operation, Komatsu sources report the company will help its mining customers significantly improve their productivity, thereby becoming their indispensable partner.

Product Specifications
Nominal Gross Vehicle Weight: 416 metric tons
Nominal Payload: 230 metric tons
Gross power output: 2014kW (2700 hp.)
Maximum Speed: 64Km/h
Turning Radius: 15.9m
Total Length: 15m
Total Width: 8.5m
Tire Size : 59/80R63

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