Development of Tele-remote and Autonomous Equipment in the Global Underground Mining Sector, 2023 Update

Pages: 45 Published: May 17, 2023 Report Code: GDMINEQ009

This report provides an analysis of the LHDs and underground mining trucks operating tele-remote control and autonomous systems. It includes machines sold with these systems as well as those retrofitted, for example by automation providers such as RCT and Nautilus. The total population of tele-remote control and autonomous underground mining trucks and LHDs is estimated at just over 1,000 including both autonomous-ready equipment as well as those operating autonomously. Of this, over half is in Australia and Canada, combined, with the US having the next highest share.
The leading OEM is Sandvik, followed by Caterpillar and Epiroc.


The report analyses the development of tele-remote and autonomous LHDs and mining trucks operating underground, tracking additions over time and specifying the brands and models used across mines. Future plans for further additions or introductions of tele-remote and autonomous underground trucks and LHDs are included as well as details of the benefits achieved from the use of this equipment by miners.

Key Highlights

Over half of the world's tele-remote and autonomous LHDs and underground mining trucks are in Australia and Canada, combined, with the US having the next highest share. The leading OEM is Sandvik, who, together with Caterpillar and Epiroc, account for the vast majority of the market.

Reasons to Buy

• Track the development of autonomous LHDs and trucks in underground mines.

• Drill down to numbers of autonomous and tele-remote vehicles by brand and model at each mine for over half of the total population.

• Compare the use of autonomous and tele-remote vehicles by mining company.

• Identify the benefits achieved from the use of autonomous and tele-remote vehicles in underground mines by miners.

• View future plans for the introduction of autonomous and tele-remote vehicles.

Key Players

Alpha Industrial Intelligence
Agnico Eagle Mines
Barrick Gold
Evolution Mining
Northern Star Resources

Table of Contents

Executive summary


Global population of tele-remote/autonomous equipment

Estimated share by automation provider

Estimated share by miner

Regional overviews

Equipment models


Key developments



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