Original article was published on Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. and Oxbotica Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop what the companies say is 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 system will reportedly provide customers with flexibility and efficiency in autonomous mining deployment, allowing them to operate any open standard-based vehicle and integrate it into their existing fleet. The companies say it will help meet growing demand with the number of autonomous haulage trucks around the world expected to grow by more than 300% by 2023.
Both companies support an open and interoperable ecosystem of partners that integrate solutions alongside existing mine infrastructure. They also believe this provides customers with the flexibility and control for integrating new solutions while reducing associated risks and costs. This approach avoids vendor lock-in and is meant to offer customers the ability to choose preferred technologies, independent of their primary industrial systems.
A wholly owned subsidiary company of Hitachi Construction Machinery, Wenco, has 30 years’ experience in developing technology solutions that assist mining companies in maximizing resource value from their operations.
Oxbotica was founded in 2014 out of the University of Oxford to develop an autonomy software platform that enables faster deployment of industry-specific autonomy applications.