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Komatsu introduces concept autonomous water truck

1 min read / September 13, 2021

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A Komatsu HD785 water truck is pictured. The company is working to make an autonomous version of the truck available to customers in 2022.

In development vehicle planned for commercially availability in 2022

September 13, 2021 — To continue the drive toward advancing autonomy and removing people from harm’s way, Komatsu has been trialing an autonomous water truck, based on its proven Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). The technology on the concept HD785-7 truck autonomously controls both the truck’s movement and water disbursement through the same platform.

Komatsu is working to introduce the HD785-based autonomous water truck as a commercial offering in 2022 to help enhance safety and productivity in mines. Komatsu’s AHS enables the water truck to travel autonomously on a pre-defined haul road and work cooperatively with other autonomous trucks and staffed equipment. The system controls the amount of water disbursed, according to the vehicle speed and haul road inclination, and also manages the watering history to avoid overwatering.

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