World's Largest Truck Is Becoming A Robotic Vehicle

The world's largest truck is soon to become the world's largest robotic vehicle. A group of computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon have decided to automate this 700-ton truck to haul 240-ton loads by a 3,550-horsepower, 24-valve engine moving at up to 42 miles per hour, with software and a robot at the wheel.

Autonomous vehicle technology is pretty much in its infancy," said Tony Stentz, a professor at CMU involved in the project. Stentz expects that over the next five to 10 years, the technology will expand to areas beyond mining, eventually finding its way into consumer cars and trucks.

However, the vehicle that soon-to-be-automated hauling truck is not the first automated truck in the world because the first automated truck was run by Japan-based Komatsu, at the Gaby mine in Chile.