Komatsu Chile SA announced plans for Komatsu FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to be deployed on a total of 62 930E ultra-class haul trucks by 2024 at Los Bronces, a Chilean open-pit copper mine owned by Anglo American, a global mining company. The mine site will serve as a showcase for Komatsu’s autonomous technology.

“We’re excited to participate in this initiative to implement autonomous technology and look forward to the opportunity to leverage FrontRunner AHS to help us optimize our mine operations at Los Bronces, convinced that technology is an enabler to improve the way we work and move toward a safer and more sustainable operation, where people are the protagonists of innovation and are at the center of everything we do,” said Cristobal Mimica, mine modernization manager, Los Bronces, Anglo American.

FrontRunner AHS is designed to help mines increase production while promoting zero harm, according to Anthony Cook, vice president for Autonomous Systems at Komatsu. “We’re pleased that Anglo American, a long-time partner, has chosen FrontRunner to help achieve their goals and we look forward to continuing to collaborate on future optimization opportunities,” Cook said.

Komatsu FrontRunner has more than 525 trucks deployed since its first commercial deployment in 2008 at Codelco’s Gabriela Mistral copper mine in Chile. Komatsu’s approach for FrontRunner AHS brings together its ultra-class dump trucks with the industry-leading Modular Mining DISPATCH Fleet Management System.