Volvo Enters Long-Term Collaboration With Boliden
Volvo Autonomous Solutions (V.A.S.) and Boliden recently announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding under which both companies will collaborate on various projects, the first of which will be the implementation of an autonomous transport solution at the Garpenberg site that will be used to move rock fill from an on-site quarry.
“Whether it is removing people from hazardous environments, 24/7 operations unencumbered by working hours or reducing emissions through better utilization of resources and assets – autonomy offers several benefits that can help the mining and quarrying industry 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,” said Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo Autonomous Solutions.
As a part of the implementation, V.A.S. 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 V.A.S. in-house developed virtual driver and the Volvo Trucks’ premium truck range. In addition, V.A.S. will provide a wheel loader for the loading operation.
To prepare the site for the implementation of self-driving trucks, Boliden will adapt its operations and build the necessary infrastructure.
The project will commence in 2023 with a testing and development phase followed by implementation and fully autonomous operations.
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