Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) and Boliden have entered into a long-term collaboration that will see the pair take on various projects, the first of which will be the implementation of an autonomous transport and load solution for a dam project in Garpenberg, Sweden.
The MoU also includes an agreement by VAS to deliver an autonomous transport solution that will move rock fill from an on-site quarry.
As a part of the implementation, VAS will deliver a complete autonomous transport solution that includes vehicles, hardware, software, control room, repair and maintenance, and training. The solution will be based on the OEM’s in-house developed virtual driver and the Volvo Trucks’ premium truck range.
To prepare the site for the implementation of autonomous trucks, Boliden will adapt its operations and build the necessary infrastructure.
Nils Jaeger, President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions, said: “Whether it is removing people from hazardous environments, 24/7 operations unencumbered by working hours or reducing emissions through better utilisation of resources and assets – autonomy offers several benefits that can help the mining and quarrying industries address its most pressing challenges. We are excited to partner with Boliden and support their journey towards a future where autonomous vehicles and humans work side by side to make Boliden’s operations safer, more efficient and sustainable.”
Mikael Staffas, President and CEO of Boliden, said: “Autonomous solutions benefit both safety and productivity. The partnership with VAS is therefore of great strategic importance and we are of course delighted with the project in Garpenberg already underway. Demand for base metals will increase going forward and sustainable as well as competitive solutions will be key in the value creation of mining.”