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Hitachi Construction Machinery’s Giant Trucks Adopt Nissan’s Tech

Dec. 15 – Yokohama – Why would a company that makes super-sized, two-story-high mining trucks license technology developed for passenger cars?

These ore-hauling dump trucks are so huge, they make ordinary cars look like miniatures.

The technology is Nissan’s proven Around-View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD, jointly developed with Clarion), which combine to help drivers pull in and out of tight spaces while avoiding pedestrians and obstacles.

AVM and MOD play key roles in Nissan’s Safety Shield system that helps keep drivers out of harm’s way.

They also solidify the foundation upon which Nissan is developing its advanced Autonomous Drive system, which will be equipped on commercially-viable Nissan Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020.

So, what’s the connection with the four-wheeled behemoths transporting ore at open pit mines?

Simple arithmetic. For starters, one mega-sized truck can cost nearly as much as a private jet. 

Then there’s the sky-high pay for skilled drivers. And any downtime takes a painful bite out of company profits. Cost-effective technology that can keep the trucks moving and help drivers drive safely is a valuable investment for the mining company.

Hitachi Construction Machinery was quick to recognize how Nissan’s advances could strengthen their competitive muscle in the mining equipment market.
Nissan, in turn, welcomed the chance to license more fruits of its R&D efforts and contribute to safer driving — in a whole new arena.

The licensing agreement also speaks volumes about the reliability of Nissan’s technology.
If it can add value and survive the grueling Gulliver-in-Lilliput world of open-pit mining, it must be trustworthy.

In choosing Nissan technology, Hitachi trusts that AVM and MOD will help make their heavy machinery operations safer and more efficient.

 

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