Together the companies will create one of the world’s largest heavy equipment autonomy fleets and transform the mining industry.
Perth, WA – 9th March 2022 – Intelligent positioning solutions provider, Position Partners, today announces an agreement with MACA, a leading diversified contracting group, to automate a mixed fleet of 100 mining trucks. Together with SafeAI, a leader in artificial intelligence and automation for heavy equipment, the companies will create one of the largest autonomous heavy equipment fleets in Australia, powering safer, more productive and more cost-effective mine sites.
“Position Partners has worked with MACA over several years to deploy and support a range of technology solutions, from high precision systems to fleet management,” said Martin Nix, Position Partners CEO.
“Following a successful proof of concept project with SafeAI’s leading retrofit autonomy solution in Karlawinda, WA, this agreement represents a significant next step in our partnership that will see us scale up MACA’s autonomy fleet over the coming years,” he added.
SafeAI has built a next generation autonomous platform that brings the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) to heavy industry. The company’s platform is interoperable and vehicle-agnostic, enabling mining and construction companies to retrofit any vehicle, from any manufacturer, with autonomous technology. With advanced multimodal sensors and significant onboard processing power, SafeAI-enabled equipment can independently make efficient, accurate decisions to keep operations running smoothly and safely, 24/7.
MACA, a rapidly-growing contract miner that recently reported a $13 billion pipeline of opportunities, needed a solution capable of scaling with its business. SafeAI’s interoperable retrofit technology unlocks newfound scalability and versatility by enabling the company to optimise its existing fleet, rather than forcing it to complete a highly time-consuming and costly transition to an entirely new fleet of autonomous vehicles.
“This technology is a game changer for our business, our customers and our industry,” said Shane Clark, MACA’s General Manager of Estimating and Technical Services. “SafeAI’s versatile, scalable solution is unmatched in our industry right now, and has profound implications for site safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. We expect to see quick takeup from our customers as they begin to see the tremendous impact of this technology.”
Through this partnership, SafeAI and Position Partners will work with MACA to retrofit its large, mixed fleet of haul trucks with autonomous hardware and software. MACA will be the first contract miner to deploy AI-powered autonomy for its customers, establishing safer, more productive and more cost-effective operations.
“With SafeAI’s scalable, AI-powered technology, we can quickly deploy autonomous heavy equipment across our sites—creating safer, more productive operations and setting a new standard for our industry,” said Mike Sutton, CEO and Managing Director of MACA.