By combining information of different work processes surrounding dump trucks in operation through full use of Digital Transformation Smart Construction, the two parties say they will achieve automated operation of multiple dump trucks, responding flexibly to different work conditions.They are working to introduce this service to Japan in 2022 or 2023.
The two companies will combine a general-purpose automation kit, developed by AgJunction, which enables real-time obstacle detection and avoidance for the dump trucks, and automation-compatible dump trucks to be developed by Komatsu. They will also take full technological advantage of operating instruction of dump trucks to respond to position information and construction plans of Digital Transformation Smart Construction, thereby ensuring advanced recognition and sharing of information concerning the surrounding environs and flexible control of multiple vehicles, according to onsite conditions, and enabling automated operation of multiple dump trucks which travel between loading and dumping areas. Furthermore, they expect to cut down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by controlling optimal vehicle deployment and haul routes.
Komatsu has long been active with autonomous equipment in mining applications.