CRH Ventures has unveiled its latest move in the artificial intelligence space, which will further digital support for quarries.
CRH Ventures has partnered with SafeAI for the program which will take place at one of the former’s quarrying subsidiaries in North America. The test truck will be equipped with SafeAI’s technology and operated under the supervision of the test driver.
It will evaluate the feasibility and capabilities of SafeAI’s innovative technology for autonomous operations in quarrying.
“This pilot program with SafeAI aligns with our commitment to explore innovative solutions for more efficient and sustainable quarrying operations,” Head of CRH Ventures Eduardo Gomez said.
“We are excited to assess the potential of autonomous hauling technology in a controlled environment and the possibilities for future scaling.
“While this marks an important step in our exploration of autonomous hauling solutions, it’s crucial to clarify that, at this stage, CRH Ventures is focusing on piloting the technology before finalising any strategic investments.”
The pilot program is designed to simulate quarry operations and will run for approximately one year. The success of the initiative will be evaluated based on predetermined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) over various test scenarios, comparing autonomous performance against traditionally staffed operations.
“We’re excited to partner with CRH to advance its vision for sustainable, efficient quarry operations. Together, we can showcase the capacity for new technologies to create a safer, more productive future for the quarrying and construction industry,” SafeAI chief executive and founder Bibhrajit Halder said.
“Autonomous solutions have the potential to transform heavy industry; we work with forward-thinking companies to bring this potential to life.”