Brazil’s Vale SA launches self-driving trucks at Carajas iron mine



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Brazil’s Vale SA launches self-driving trucks at Carajas iron mine

Vale SA, a Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Brazilian multinational mining corporation and logistics services provider, had issued a statement later this week saying that the largest producer of iron ore and nickel around the globe had started off using autonomous driving trucks for the first time at its Carajas iron mine, Vale’s largest iron ore mining operation, remarking a landmark event in uses of driverless technology.

On top of that, followed by the announcement, speaking with the reporters, Vale SA’s executive head of autonomous technology program, Pedro Bemfica, was quoted saying that the Brazilian miner had been expecting to ramp up productivity and safety by capitalizing autonomous trucks to haul iron ores, as the mining industry megalith continues to expand the use of its self-driving technology.

Apart from that, Vale SA had added in a statement that the Rio de Janeiro-headquartered miner had six autonomous driving trucks currently operational at Carajas complex, which are roughly twice as tall as a normal truck and more than three-fold wide of a traditional truck, while Vale’s colossal autonomous driving trucks could carry as many as 320 tons of iron ore at a single instance.

Vale SA begins to use driverless trucks at Carajas iron ore mine

Concomitantly, adding that the largest logistics services provider in Brazil would add four additional driverless trucks at its fleet by end-2021, Vale SA was quoted saying in the statement that its gargantuan self-driving trucks would continue to operate at Carajas iron ore complex alongside 120 normal off-road vehicles.

In tandem, citing an out-and-out optimism over Vale SA’s latest venture to use autonomous trucks for mining purposes that in effect could trim fuel consumption by roughly 5 per cent and help Vale SA’s cause to put a kibosh on greenhouse gas emissions, Bemfica said, “The principle objective is really to bring safety.

We launched this technology in trucks with the objective of removing people from inherent risk”.