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CiDi has secured two awards in the Innovation and Business Expansion categories for its driverless mining trucks.

The Mining Technology Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations within the industry. Powered by GlobalData’s business intelligence, the program provides a platform to recognize the people and companies driving change.

The awards are a testament to CiDi’s advancements in vehicle-to-road technology and its comprehensive hardware and software solutions, which have led to significant improvements in mining efficiency and cost savings.

Redefining mining efficiency and safety through autonomous driving solutions

CiDi autonomous truck

Since its inception in 2017, CiDi has been at the forefront of autonomous driving technology. With a vision to enhance life through intelligent driving, CiDi has developed a range of products that integrate smart vehicles with intelligent infrastructure.

CiDi’s autonomous heavy trucks and driverless electric mining trucks are part of a comprehensive ecosystem of products that includes vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, ensuring safer and more efficient transportation.

CiDi’s technological edge is evident in its hardware and software systems, which enable high-precision positioning, intelligent decision-making, and V2X (vehicle-to-everything) cooperative vehicles. These capabilities have allowed CiDi to implement driverless operations in mining areas, significantly reducing labor costs and enhancing safety.

The driverless driving system in mining areas is a cloud-based, network-connected autonomous driving solution with functions such as operation management, online status monitoring, and emergency driving safety takeover.

The future of mining: Electric autonomous-driving trucks

CiDi’s electric autonomous-driving mining trucks achieve advanced functionality with sensor-fusion using cameras, LiDAR, and millimetre-wave radar, which ensure precise obstacle detection and all-weather operation. The trucks’ electrification and drive-by-wire technology not only contribute to zero emissions, but also offer easy maintenance and fast charging capabilities.

With capacities ranging from 60t to 100t, these trucks can communicate with other vehicles, road infrastructure, and cloud systems, and have been proven to work 1.04 times more efficiently than human-driven trucks, with 88% lower operating costs.

Modernising mining operations with world-class automation

CiDi autonomous mining solutions

CiDi’s electric autonomous-driving mining trucks showcase their capability to automate the entire mining haulage process, including automatic queuing for loading/unloading, dynamic planning, and remote emergency takeover.

CiDi’s proprietary perception technology and cloud platform enable real-time monitoring and coordination, further enhancing operational productivity with features like 360-degree obstacle detection, small obstacle detection, and cooperative scheduling optimization.

Expanding horizons: CiDi’s global market penetration

CiDi trucks

CiDi’s commercial success is reflected in its impressive growth rate and expanding global market share. In 2023 alone, the company secured new orders at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 200%. The company’s global market share of deployed autonomous haulage systems (AHS) reached 10% as of May 2023, with 148 autonomous mining trucks in operation. This significant milestone, along with its successful commercial application of the mining trucks, has contributed to the recognition in the Business Expansion category.

CiDi also signed strategic partnerships and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with international entities such as GST in the UAE and KACST in Saudi Arabia as part of its commitment to providing digital solutions for smart transport and construction globally.

CiDi’s achievements are a result of its relentless pursuit of innovation, strategic expansion, and a deep understanding of market demands.

Company Profile

CiDi company logo

CiDi was founded in October 2017 by Professor Li Zexiang, a renowned robotics entrepreneur and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The company focuses on research and development (R&D) of heavy commercial vehicle autonomous driving, C-V2X intelligent connectivity, as well as mass production of vehicle technology. CiDi is listed on the Hurun Global Unicorn Index in both 2023 and 2024.

By the end of 2023, CiDi had a total of 500 employees, including over 300 core R&D personnel covering professional fields such as sensing and intelligent perception, robotic decision-making, robotic planning, control engineering, system design, simulation, V2X, and vehicle engineering.

At the same time, CiDi has rich industry experience in marketing, engineering, supply chain, and quality management. The company has also developed globally leading high-precision, high-reliability, automotive-grade, and multi-redundant deep-tech products and autonomous driving solutions with exclusive intellectual property rights, based on its in-house autonomous driving system architecture and deep learning-based technologies.

In the mining and quarrying industry, CiDi has successfully implemented a driverless quarrying project at the TCC Cement Mine, which currently holds the record for the longest driverless haulage time in China’s mining area. This project has proven to be more efficient than manual operations and has achieved 550 days of continuous and stable operation without any accidents. As a result, it has become a benchmark for the driverless haulage industry and has garnered global attention.

CiDi is also one of the first autonomous driving companies in China to go global, having reached strategic cooperation agreements and project landing in various aspects with Saudi Arabia’s futuristic city NEOM, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah.

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Lulu Tan  

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