Part of what is proving to be a busy week for Hexagon at MINExpo 2021 is the announcement that it has inked a deal with Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) that will put Hexgon Level-9 intervention technology on the OEM’s off-road mining vehicles.
The companies said the newly announced arrangement will empower both of its customer bases to fast-track their goals of zero harm. Hexagon’s Mining division president Nick Hare added that its HxGN MineProtect Vehicle Intervention System, or VIS, is a key enabler of autonomy in its drive toward a truly autonomous mining environment.
The independent, interoperable VIS provides brake and drive-by-wire technology, which can automatically assume control of a truck’s propulsion system in defined situations, should the operator not do so.
VIS is currently being deployed on three continents across 20 mines. Hexagon is expecting the Volvo trucks will be deployed by the end of 2022.
“We are thrilled to have this agreement with Volvo Construction Equipment, who share Hexagon’s belief that the most important assets coming out of a mine are the people who make mining possible,” said Hare said.