45 Autonomous Trucks to Run at Solomon Mine

cat_793-150x150Fortescue Metals Group, which owns the Solomon Ore Mines in Pilbara region of Western Australia, will put into production 12 autonomous Caterpillar 793F hauling trucks at the mines by the end of 2012. Full-scale rollout of 45 driverless vehicles is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. (Caterpillar Press Release – 7/5/2011).

The trucks are manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. and the fleet will be managed by WesTrac.

This news comes on the heels of the reported expansion Rio Tinto’s driverless fleet from 5 to 10 trucks.


Google Driverless Cars are Better Than You While Drunk

eric-schmidt-zeitgeist-2011During a question and answer session at Google’s Zeitgeist 2011, Google’s Eric Schmidt made the comment: “Our computers drive our cars better than you do when you’re drunk. That’s our starting point.”

Meant to be somewhat humorous, but Mr. Schmidt is serious. Driverless cars are already better than an impaired driver. Soon they will be better than the average driver. And eventually they will be better than all human drivers.

You can watch the Q & A below:

If you don’t see the video above, you can find it here.