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Thirty per cent of Rio's fleet of haul trucks will be automated. Photo: Christian Sprogoe Photography

Rio Tinto expands automated Pilbara fleet

Rio Tinto will increase the number of unmanned autonomous haul trucks it uses in the Pilbara by more than 50 per cent as part of a $500 million productivity drive in its iron ore business.

Manufacturers Komatsu and Caterpillar will retrofit 48 giant trucks to allow unmanned operation, taking the total number operated by Rio in the region to more than 130 by 2019, representing 30 per cent of the fleet.

Currently, 20 per cent of Rio's fleet of 400 or so haul trucks in the Pilbara are automated. 

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