A survey of 100 mine managers shows firms in North America are planning to invest in vehicle-related technologies.
The survey, conducted by U.K.-based data, analysis and advisory services provider Timetric, asked participants about their spending plans for mine-site technologies over the next two years. Respondents were asked to outline their investment priorities across 12 technology groups, including mine management and vehicle-related technologies.
Many respondents said they planned to invest in several vehicle-related technologies, such as collision avoidance technology (57%), fatigue management systems (56%), real-time video training (50%), remote control/machine automation (49%) and fleet management (47%). The managers expect these investments will improve productivity and workplace safety.
“Even though mines are cutting costs and focusing on productivity, safety is still paramount,” senior mining analyst with Timetric Nez Guevara said.