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Can automation repeat its iron ore success with coal?

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The move towards automation within the Australian coal sector has been slow compared with its counterparts in the iron ore sector, where the use of autonomous vehicles has increased significantly over the past decade. We estimate that 186 autonomous trucks were in use in Australia's iron ore industry towards the end of 2017, accounting for 15% of total material moved. In this insight we evaluate the possible cost savings when using autonomous haulage in the coal sector, against the backdrop of iron ore's success. We also cover the pros and cons of driverless trucks, and summarise automation across Australia's iron ore and coal industries.

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  • Australian coal autonomous scenario
  • Potential cost savings using autonomous trucks
  • Australia's coal total prime overburden moved
  • Weighted average productivity and strip ratio
  • Australia's iron ore autonomous material moved
  • Mining cost comparison between autonomous and non-autonomous mine
  • Labour productivity comparison between autonomous and non-autonomous mine

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