Scania opens books on autonomous mining trucks

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Scania has opened its order book for the company’s self-driving mining solutions.

In Australia it is now possible to place orders for Scania’s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining, with the 50-tonne model to follow shortly afterwards.

As a first step, Scania will start sales of its autonomous mining solutions in Australia, with first deliveries and start of operation scheduled from 2026.

The next market in line will most likely be Latin America, a region where Scania has a significant market presence in the mining segment.

“The transition from research and development to the launch of a commercial product is a major milestone for us and for autonomous heavy transport in general. This is the most advanced product Scania has put on the market so far,” said Peter Hafmar, Vice President and Head of Autonomous Solutions at Scania.

Mines have long been seen as one of the most promising environments for autonomous vehicles, as they can contribute to safer working conditions and more efficient operations.

Scania’s mining solutions with smaller, civil-class trucks also have overall potential advantages over the industry’s traditional heavy haulage trucks, both in terms of emissions and productivity.

By utilising Scania’s autonomous mining trucks, the overall mining footprint including energy and infrastructure requirements can be reduced, meaning that capital and operating expenses may also be reduced at suitable sites.

“So proud that Australia will be the first country in the Scania world to offer safer, more efficient and more sustainable autonomous mining trucks to our valued customers starting in 2026,” said Manfred Streit, Scania Australia Managing Director.

“This is the most advanced product Scania has ever offered to the market.

“Our autonomous truck will offer safer working conditions, greater efficiency and uptime availability, as well as good inter-operability with other mining systems and vehicles.

“Scania’s autonomous tipper has been developed in close cooperation between Scania’s R&D department and customers in the mining industry, with extensive testing in the harshest real-life conditions, particularly in Australia, over the past six years.”

Scania’s autonomous trucks can also be fitted into an existing operations set-up in a mine, given their interoperability with other systems and vehicles.

Over the past ten years, Scania has invested heavily in the development of self-driving vehicles. Innovations include applications for hub-to-hub transport on highways as well as autonomous vehicles for confined areas such as mines.

Hafmar likened it to the most ambitious research and development project the company has embarked on so far together with a customer.

“I am very pleased about the result,” he said.

“Thanks to all the rigorous checks and numerous on-site tests we have been able to develop an optimal autonomous transport solution for mines.”

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