- Accelerating the realization of automation, autonomous operation, and remote control - 700+ Autonomous trucks operating worldwide with Komatsu FrontRunner system

Mar. 14, 2024


Komatsu Ltd. (hereafter “Komatsu”) (President and CEO: Hiroyuki Ogawa) is pleased to announce that the number of commercial deployments of Komatsu FrontRunner, an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS), over AHS trucks has surpassed 700 as of February 2024. This includes over 100 units of the 980E-AT, one of the world’s largest ultra-class dump truck capable of carrying 400 tons.


Glencore and Komatsu team celebrating AHS deployment at Lomas Bayas copper mine

The 700th AHS truck was deployed at Glencore's Lomas Bayas copper mine in Chile, which introduced Komatsu AHS for the first time in November 2023. This milestone marks a significant achievement for Komatsu, which began the AHS trial in 2005 and achieved the world's first commercial AHS deployment in January 2008. Since then, Komatsu has deployed AHS at 23 mine sites in five countries, with AHS trucks hauling seven and half billion metric tons of materials by the end of February 2024.

AHS truck in operation at the Lomas Bayas copper mine in Chile

“Our first autonomous trucks are already operating in the region, which means the culmination of the first stage of this great project, which we could potentially - as Copper Department and scale it later to other Glencore assets, so that other sites have the benefit of what is being conducted here today.” said Abraham Chahuán, South America Copper Assets Director, Glencore.

“We express our profound gratitude to Glencore‘s invaluable partnership spirit, which leads successful AHS deployment at Lomas Bayas copper mine. FrontRunner is bringing safer, more reliable and consistent mine operations while lowering operating costs and increasing production. Komatsu continues to be committed to providing quality solutions with our customers through One Komatsu team.” said Masayuki Moriyama, president of Komatsu’s Mining Business Division.

Looking ahead, Komatsu remains committed to helping customers achieve their goals, such as improving safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through the utilization of AHS technology. This commitment is reflected in Komatsu's mid-term management plan, "DANTOTSU Value - Together, to 'The Next' for sustainable growth," which defines DANTOTSU Value as customer value creation that generates a positive cycle of improvement in earnings and ESG resolutions.

Through DANTOTSU Value, Komatsu will strive to create new values in order to take steady steps forward to the next stage for the workplace of the future and pass on a sustainable future to the next generation.

【AHS related Press Releases】
Komatsu and Toyota to develop autonomous light vehicle that will run on Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System Launch collaboration to accelerate autonomy in mining operations(May 17, 2023)

- Accelerating the realization of automation, autonomous operation, and remote control - Komatsu announces to deploy Autonomous Haulage System at Anglo American Los Bronces mine
 (June 3, 2022)

Komatsu celebrates 10th anniversary of commercial deployment of Autonomous Haulage System (AHS):100-AHS-trucks-in-operation milestone inspires plans to accelerate pace of mining automation
 (January 29, 2018)

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