Fortescue Metals Group was recently able to advance its mining mobility with the successful operational deployment of autonomous light vehicles (ALVs) at the company’s mining operations in the Chichester Hub of Western Australia.
Indeed, Fortescue’s Technology and Autonomy team developed ALVs to make it easier for fitters to collect equipment and parts. Hence, four Ford Rangers have already been provided with an on-board vehicle automation system that will support the driverless equipment transfer service. This system will then enhance efficiency and safety by allowing team members to spend more time on maintaining assets.
The system possesses an integrated LiDAR/Radar perception system that makes it easier to detect and avoid obstacles, as well as comprehensive independent safety management, fail-safe braking system, extensive built-in system monitoring, and fault response capability.
Following the deployment success of ALVs at Christmas Creek, other operational sites might also benefit from this opportunity to improve safety, productivity, and efficiency.
The ALVs project represents a significant advancement of in-house automation capabilities and will only bring more productivity and efficiency improvements for the business.