Caterpillar reported trucks equipped with Cat MineStar Command for hauling have now moved more than 5 billion mt. The development comes roughly 9 months after Caterpillar reached the 4-billion-mt-hauled-autonomously milestone.

Cat autonomous trucks are expected to haul more than 1.4 billion mt in 2022, which puts them on pace to beat previous record totals of materials hauled in a calendar year, Caterpillar said.

Trucks using Command have travelled 200 million km, “more than twice the distance in autonomous operations of any automobile manufacturer,” Caterpillar said. “Caterpillar has grown the number of autonomous trucks in operation by 40% in the past two years,” said Denise Johnson, group president, Caterpillar Resource Industries. “We believe that automation is one of many keys to implement technology that unlocks the value miners need when it comes to the energy transition toward more sustainable operations.”

Currently, more than 550 mining trucks are equipped with Command for hauling.