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Mining’s first Level-9 collision avoidance technology, HxGN Autonomous Mining Vehicle Intervention System automatically takes control of the propulsion system of the truck in defined situations if the operator fails to do so.
Collisions involving equipment concern all mining operations. These incidents can result in costly damage, downtime for repairs and production losses. Severe incidents can involve injuries and even fatalities.
HxGN Autonomous Mining Vehicle Intervention System (VIS) is a Level-9 system that takes control of the propulsion system of the truck in defined situations if the operator does not react appropriately to a warning from HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System or HxGN MineProtect Operator Alertness System. This is a last resort to mitigate the consequences of a collision.
VIS automatically applies the following functions to the truck, depending on situation and implementation. The operator is always warned by the system prior to intervention by both audio and visual notification.
VIS is an important step in the trend towards human-assist products and is the only system that offers a building-block approach to preventing accidents by both alerting and assisting drivers.
Level 9 means VIS automatically takes control of the propulsion system of the truck in defined situations if the operator does not react appropriately to the warning provided by HxGN Autonomous Mining Collision Avoidance System.
VIS was subjected to more than 10,000 testing hours in a working mine before launch in 2017 and has been operating effectively ever since. VIS is fully compliant with government rules: South Africa’s DMR safety regulations on all trackless mobile machinery, for example.
VIS is fully integrated with HxGN Autonomous Mining Collision Avoidance System, using the same sensors and user interface, thus protecting your initial investment. It’s also a valuable first step in the building-block trend towards human-assist products.