Harsco to trial Volvo CE's driverless hauler

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Harsco Corporation today announced that its Environmental division (HE) will serve as pilot customer for Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE) new autonomous battery-electric hauler.

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Based on the HX2 concept model, a fleet of four updated machines will begin the year-long pilot program in March 2020 at a HE site in Sweden, where it will be tested in a repetitive transport application.

"We are delighted to partner with Volvo CE on this pilot," HE Chief Operating Officer Russ Mitchell says.

"Our participation represents the fulfillment of the promise we make to every Harsco Environmental customer: that we will always seek solutions that are both innovative and environmentally responsible."

The machine is fully automated and uses shared and proven technologies from the Volvo group like batteries and driveline systems.

 "We aim to raise the bar in what our machines can achieve for our customers, and this innovative commercial pilot represents the next phase of our journey into increased machine autonomy," Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg says.

"By working alongside valued customers like Harsco Environmental we are challenging our autonomous technology in demanding real-world applications.

"Getting advanced prototypes into the hands of customers early also allows us to incorporate their feedback in the pre-production phase.

"This commercial pilot is an important next step in the process of industrializing this exciting future technology."

Harsco's Environmental division is the largest and most comprehensive provider of onsite material processing and environmental services to the global metals industry, with operations at over 130 customer sites across more than 32 countries. 

 

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