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Australian coal mines ride self-driving wave

BHP and Mitsubishi eye cost reductions from autonomous trucks and AI

A coal mine in eastern Australia run by BHP and Mitsubishi.

TOKYO -- BHP Group and Mitsubishi Corp. are spending an estimated 50 billion yen ($455 million) on autonomous haul trucks and communications infrastructure to slash production costs and improve efficiency at mines, aiming to insulate themselves from price swings.

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