New video celebrates CAT autonomous mining truck


PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – Caterpillar is celebrating in a video technology that enables mining trucks to drive themselves.

The huge truck is hands-free. The driver can be anywhere on the planet to operate it.

Engineers tell us the autonomous technology was designed and developed in Central Illinois nearly 30 years ago and creates a safer experience for mine workers.

“The advantage for the customer is you have really really high productivity and very very high safety,” said Fred Rio, product manager for construction industries digital technology.

You can get a glimpse of the massive 794AC mining truck and a tour of the inside at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

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