Rolls-Royce and ASI partner to make some of the former’s mining-class engines autonomous-ready. Above, the MTU Series 4000 Mining. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce and Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling the former to offer autonomous-compatible, Mobius-ready MTU engine solutions for equipment in a range of mining applications. Offerings will include engine solutions that are compatible with ASI’s vehicle automation software to help optimize vehicle power performance and efficiency, the partners reported.

Customers could retrofit the power system on existing haul trucks and convert them to autonomous operation. Such would improve performance and enable savings on operating costs, the partnership reported.

Rolls-Royce said the partnership would offer integrated future-oriented autonomous solutions. “This agreement may help mining operators save big on operational costs and at the same time reduce their environmental footprint by cutting emissions,” Scott Woodruff, global director, mining and oil and gas, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said.

ASI leadership said the development is “another testament to the interoperability of Mobius and real value it adds to our mining customers.”