Komatsu Testing Autonomous Water Truck Based on Mining Tech

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The Komatsu HD785-7 automous water truck
The Komatsu HD785-7 automous water truck concept.

Komatsu has been testing an autonomous water truck based on its  Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) already at work in the mining industry.

The technology on the concept HD785-7 truck autonomously controls both the truck’s movement and water disbursement through the same platform.

The company is eyeing a 2022 commercial debut for the machine, also in mining.

Komatsu’s AHS enables the water truck to travel autonomously on a pre-defined haul road and work cooperatively with other autonomous trucks and staffed equipment. The system controls the amount of water disbursed, according to the vehicle speed and haul road inclination, and also manages the watering history to avoid overwatering.

Source: Komatsu