Representatives from Anglo American recently announced the company’s partnership with Autonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI).

The goal of the multi-year relationship is to deliver enhanced productivity, sustainability and safety through mining vehicle automation systems for the company’s haulage operations.

The joint effort is part of Anglo American’s FutureSmart™ initiative through which the company is partnering with third party technology groups such as ASI to drive innovation within the mining industry.

Facing challenges such as lower commodity prices, declining grades of ore deposits and difficulty of access to ore bodies, Anglo American group director for technical and sustainability Tony O’Neill said at 3DExperience Forum that the mining industry "needs to leap forward twenty years in five".

To help drive this innovation, Anglo American is working with ASI automation engineers to create fully autonomous, teleoperated and remote control haulage operations.

ASI president and CEO Mel Torrie said: "Anglo American is at the forefront of innovation in the mining industry and they have been the ideal partner in creating disruptive mining solutions."

As Anglo American’s OEM-independent automation partner, ASI leverages more than fourteen years of experience developing robotic solutions for the mining, farming, automotive, industrial and military industries. Development and testing of the autonomous mining systems has already commenced with active field trials with Anglo American and at ASI’s new 100-acre mining proving ground in northern Utah.