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The World's Heaviest Robot

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the or-at-least-r/c-truck dept.

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Roland Piquepaille writes "This distinction goes to a future autonomous version of the 700-tons Caterpillar mining truck. In this article, Discovery News reports that Caterpillar engineers and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up to develop this autonomous truck. Japan-based Komatsu has already delivered autonomous mining trucks to its customers, but these are smaller than the Caterpillar ones. Both companies are transforming their trucks into 'robots' for three reasons. Improvements in safety, efficiency and productivity will reduce costs and increase availability."

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All I Have to Say Is (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698169)

You'll be hearing from Shampoo's lawyers.

Re:All I Have to Say Is (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698315)

I wished they'd dump the heaviest robot on the submitter of this story.

I, for one... (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698451)

... hope that this robot becomes self-aware and hunts down every idiot that invokes this stupid fucking meme.

Re:I, for one... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699429)

So... you wish to die? Or are you just into a robot hunting and crushing fetish? ;)

Re:I, for one... (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700723)

A little from column A, and a little from column B :P

Re:All I Have to Say Is (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700125)

Or at least have the robot teach the submitter who to count.

Both companies are transforming their trucks into 'robots' for three reasons. Improvements ... will reduce costs and increase availability.

That looks like two reasons, not three.

Re:All I Have to Say Is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25700837)

Please tell me you're trolling. The IMPROVEMENTS are safety (ONE), efficiency (TWO) and productivity (THREE). The OUTCOMES are that it'll reduce costs and increase availability.

Re:All I Have to Say Is (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698641)

If the Robot is carrying a Teamsters Union Card [teamster.org] , that would be "constructively" profound.

Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (5, Funny)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698183)

Not that I think there's a huge chance that things will go wrong with, but think of how awesomely cool it would go wrong if it did.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (2, Funny)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698213)

Of course, we're still claiming "The World's Heaviest Robot" even before the project collapses.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698273)

This could be worse than both K.A.R.R. and Goliath combined!

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (2, Insightful)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698311)

"but think of how awesomely cool it would go wrong if it did."

Yeah, I'm thinking about the truck going on a rampage killing multiple people in the vicinity. Awesome.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (3, Informative)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698639)

Yeah, I'm thinking about the truck going on a rampage killing multiple people in the vicinity. Awesome.

These kind of machines [wikipedia.org] are incredibly slow.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (5, Informative)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699089)

My old man drives a 797 at a coal mine in Central Queensland - top speed unloaded is 60km/hr.
I don't define that as "incredibly slow", as it's a damn sight faster than you can run.

Got a photo around here somewhere of him and his truck- he's 6ft tall, and standing next to the truck, his hard-hat is level with halfway up the hub of the front tyre.

Top speed loaded is 40km/hr, but that is because the tyres cannot take the higher speeds - they overheat and blow. When a tyre is $35,000 and it blows, that's not good. When it's pumped to it's normal pressure of 130PSI and the truck is parked anywhere near people when it goes off, that's definitely very,very bad.

Considering the inertia involved, they are pretty much unstoppable by cars, buildings,etc if at speed - they will mow right over the top of your average 4x4 and not even notice. A guy where he works ran over an (empty) Toyota Landcruiser troop carrier one night - swung around in a loop to dump, backed up towards the face, felt a bump "like coming up against a little ridge of dirt" (his words) , put the foot down a little, reverse to face, dump load, drive forward a little, get out of the cab for a smoke, look down in front of the truck.... what's that down near the front wheel? Oh, crap.

But anyway, I've worked on more autonomous stuff than this.

Sandvik (and Cat) have systems for underground mines that are pretty much fully autonomous. Sandvik and their Toro loaders can do a full circuit in auto, driving using laser rangefinders to map the walls, update their location on an internal map and basically do all the work except actually dig the bucket of ore. They do traffic control (one loader waits for another at intersections), collision avoidance, the whole shebang.

So one guy can operate three or four loaders at once, as all he does is take control of a loader at the ore pile, dig a bucket, then set it loose to go and dump that load automatically elsewhere. Meanwhile another loader turns up and sits idle at the ore pile waiting for him to take control. It's Management's wet dream - no need for trained underground operators on $55/hr, get some 17 year old in a control room on the surface at $20/hr running 4 loaders.

If ore wasn't so tricky to dig out (irregular sizing is the problem), they'd be full auto by now.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (2, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699341)

These kind of machines are incredibly [wikipedia.org] slow.

You obviously didn't RTFA.
So the real question is, did you even read the wikipedia article you linked?

FTFA: That's nearly two million pounds of metal, fuel and stone powered by a 3,550-horsepower, 24-valve engine moving at up to 42 miles per hour, with software and a robot at the wheel.

FTFWiki:
# Drive: 3524B Series, 24-cylinder, four-stroke diesel engine
# Max speed: 42 mph (67 km/h)
# Power: 3,550 hp (2,650 kW)

I don't consider 2 million pounds moving at 42 mph "incredibly slow"

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (4, Funny)

Smauler (915644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699745)

I don't consider 2 million pounds moving at 42 mph "incredibly slow"

You've obviously never waited in a queue at McDonalds then...

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

kiddygrinder (605598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698689)

You're right. TOTALLY awesome!

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698803)

says someone with the alias "kiddygrinder"

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698457)

what happens when the machines gain a conscious and learn that they're contributing to global warming and killing polar bears? think about that one for a moment.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698853)

I'm guessing they'll all congregate to an island where Nixon will plan to destroy them from an orbital weapon, and at the last moment point their exhausts upwards, pushing the planet a little further out of orbit with the sun, thus preventing global warming.

Just a guess, though.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700351)

>>I'm guessing they'll all congregate to an island where Nixon will plan to destroy them from an orbital weapon, and at the last moment point their exhausts upwards, pushing the planet a little further out of orbit with the sun, thus preventing global warming.

What was the name of Bender's girlfriend on the moon? Crushmaster 3000? Something like that?

I think that'd be a good name for this robot.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699883)

They will head north and, uh, run over and kill polar bears. They're robots. They hate us and our cute bears.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

gregbot9000 (1293772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698649)

Think about how cool it would be if we had these working on the moon!

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699469)

Not that I think there's a huge chance that things will go wrong with, but think of how awesomely cool it would go wrong if it did.

Yup. Like that guy who stole a tank and went for a little drive through a residential neighborhood and a freeway...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AcVSEY2DP0 [youtube.com]

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699817)

That happened here in San Diego. If he'd gone another mile down state route 163, he would have driven that tank right by my house.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (1)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700175)

That happened here in San Diego. If he'd gone another mile down state route 163, he would have driven that tank right by my house.

Or through it.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (2)

simaolation (1381125) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699525)

Skynet approves of this research.

Re:Quick, tag this 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25700605)

They did go wrong! The only 2 autonomous trucks in the world were a test in Gaby Mine, Chile. They were Komatsu. They work for a while until they went wrong: they ran out of control and destroyed a building. No one was hurt. The national office for mining Sernageomin ordered the trucks stopped. They now run with human drivers. See the following link:

http://www.grancalama.cl/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3414

Autonomous trucks are nowhere in the inmediate future.

new video of "The Harvester" Terminator (1)

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698203)

Re:new video of "The Harvester" Terminator (0, Offtopic)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698491)

Ok, linking to a page with flash is bad. But linking to a flash file itself?!?

Re:new video of "The Harvester" Terminator (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699495)

What's the problem? HTML... a picture... a video... a flash file... they are all just files.
HTTP request. HTTP response. Data payload. File handling. Finito.
Or is it because your client is a piece of shit? :P

Re:new video of "The Harvester" Terminator (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700197)

It is common courtesy to link to an XML or HTML page with an embed.

now all it has to get past (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698205)

is the entrenched mining unions that have prevented automation for more than 10 years now.

Re:now all it has to get past (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698393)

Unions? What unions? If I'm remembering correctly, this is the same mine that ruled its workers with such a totalitarian fist that it inspired Che Guevara to start a communist revolution in Cuba. I don't think unions are an issue in this part of the world.

Re:now all it has to get past (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699555)

Hmm... so replacing them with robots is actually a good thing. Like freeing them from slavery... :)
Man, if only I could get five of them to learn to program. I could pay them high wages (for their country), then sell the programs at a hundred times that price, and then pay them really fuckin' high wages, and still make a good profit. Then others would want to learn that too, and soon I would get the peace Nobel price, a really good conscience and a pool full of money.

Re:now all it has to get past (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698449)

Easy to do. The union dominated businesses go out of business or become economic basketcases (eg, in the case of a government subsidized business).

Re:now all it has to get past (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699369)

The union dominated businesses go out of business or become economic basketcases

I get such a kick out of that argument - capitalist bosses suddenly urging people (union members) not to fully capitalize on their market (labor demand) because it might not be sustainable. Hypocrites.

Heaviest at a mere 700T? (4, Interesting)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698255)

I would say the distinction would go to Australia's driverless ore trains when commissioned in 2013.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Port_Hedland,_Western_Australia.jpg [wikipedia.org]

(Yeah I know the pic is of a drivered BHP rather than Rio train... but it does give you an idea of the scale).

The argument for driverless is that because they take the best part of a day to perform an emergency stop, the family car stalled on the crossing is going to be pulverised regardless of the skill of a human operator. The largest fragment left over from these collisions is usually a few inches in size. Fortunately they don't happen that often.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698441)

Curiosity: What constitutes the 'robot' in a train? For example, the Detroit People Mover [wikipedia.org] is a fully autonomous system. Does the entire train count as a the robot? What about the track in a tram system like the DPM? The train can't operate without it and it IS an integral part of the system.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698765)

Curiosity: What constitutes the 'robot' in a train?

Marketing.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (3, Informative)

Jacques Chester (151652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698811)

"Driverless" is a better term. Train drivers for Rio and BHP are very expensive and their rosters are very inflexible, which hampers production. It's a hangover from the union days.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (1)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700217)

Hrmmmm, I'd go with the vehicle because there is more than one autonomous train on the network. The rail... well I'd call that infrastructure.

Its a bit fuzzy. The trains obviously are under central control as well.

Is the bee or the hive the individual?

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (1)

gregbot9000 (1293772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698621)

Two engines for that load? Fuck, I'd hate to have to wait for that thing at a crossing.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (2, Informative)

Pinckney (1098477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698675)

2.4km at 75km/h means it will take about 2 minutes to pass a crossing. At half speed, it's still only 4 minutes.

Source for figures: im-mining.com [im-mining.com]

Only having two engines just means it takes a long time to get up to speed.

Re:Heaviest at a mere 700T? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698713)

Typical Rio Tinto Pilbara train

Loaded weight 30 000 tonnes
Length 2.4 km
Top speed 75 km/h

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news_view/article/2008/10//rio_tinto_to_go_driverless.html

I could make a heavier robot (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698279)

Just get me a robot and 701 tons of concrete weight which will be used for ballast purposes.
Granted, the robot ain't going to move around much once it is properly ballasted but hey...

We ARE going for the heaviest not fastest robot around, right?

omfg (1)

duckInferno (1275100) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698313)

Are those stairs on the radiator? That thing is SO COOL :O!

/10yearsoldagain

Autonomous? (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698317)

It's not autonomous... it's adding driving aids for a remote controller. Autonomous would imply that it's capable of functioning entirely on its own for (at least) extended periods without requiring operator intervention. The article implies that an operator will still be performing some navigational and control tasks at regular intervals... Like a predator drone. I can't find the article on the recent DARPA robot challenge or I'd link it here, but there's obvious parallels.

Re:Autonomous? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699859)

Theregister.co.uk has another article that states the winners of the Darpa challange are working on this with CAT. It is intended to be truly autonomous robot inside of their own area, only when interacting with human operated machines, and leaving or entering that auto area, for maintenance, will it become remote operated.
That said, anything being used for production is going to be overseen by humans to make sure it is meeting profit goals, etc. So ya their will be a manned office with a few people overseeing dozens to hundreds of robots.
AC since I have interests in the companys mentioned.

Anonymous Coward. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698323)

Great. Killdozer is now real.

Re:Anonymous Coward. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699149)

Yeh, killdozer was the first thing I thought of too.

Cant remember who wrote it though.

It was a good story.

Re:Anonymous Coward. (1)

nevillethedevil (1021497) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700031)

That would be:

Ed MacKillop
Herbert F. Solow
Theodore Sturgeon

Here's the IMDB page [imdb.com]

Transformers (3, Funny)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698335)

Which Autobot was a dumptruck?

Re:Transformers (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698519)

I believe that was a Constructicon, not an Autobot ... (specifically "Long Haul" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructicon)

Re:Transformers (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700061)

Another reason why GoBots were fail: Over-simplified naming conventions in combination with never checking into possible negative slang context after translation.

Their dump truck robot? "Dumper".

Re:Transformers (2, Informative)

Nickbou (1403667) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700383)

Besides the Constructicons, there is also Wreck-Gar, who is a dumptruck in the new Transformers: Animated series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck-Gar [wikipedia.org]

How many gallons/liters per mile/km does this need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698349)

How many gallons/liters per mile/km does this thing need? I imagine the acceleration and deceleration are on par with a cruise ship :-)

Re:How many gallons/liters per mile/km does this n (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698559)

there are 2 options. #1 electric drive trains with a sort of grid connection (a rail or something) or #2 diesel engines with high compression ratios that create higher fuel performance. diesel can be made from fat, so perhaps you should sign up to donate your fat to be made into biofuels. perhaps if you're an set up as an organ donation, they will do it automatically when you die.

perhaps if you are sent to hell for all eternity, they will just make your body into petroleum and sell you on the open market. the devil is going to make you into petrol if you're sent to hell and eternal damnation.

disclaimer: i am paranoid schizophrenic these are the things i think about.

Re:How many gallons/liters per mile/km does this n (1)

maglor_83 (856254) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698969)

i am paranoid schizophrenic these are the things i think about.

Both of you, or just the current you?

BattleBots (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698361)

I want to see BattleBots with these babies.

A Transformer? (1)

syngularyx (1070768) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698401)

Is it one of the Transformers? And if Yes , will it be a big good guy?

Hit or not to hit, that is the question... (1)

Robin47 (1379745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698437)

"All of the information would then be run through a computer program that would tell the robotic driver to avoid the obstacle or not..." Interesting, it might go ahead and hit small obstacles... assuming that half the planet isn't considered small in comparison!! There are fracking stairs on the front!!

Re:Hit or not to hit, that is the question... (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698539)

"Obstacle detected: 10m fallen rock. Could damage us. Avoid." ...
Zig ...
Zag ...
"Obstacle detected: small automobile. No hazard. Ignore." ...
Crunch ...

240 tons? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698461)

The payload of a 797B is rated at 380 tons and they can carry an overload of 450 tons without too much of a sweat.

Why don't rockets count ? (2, Interesting)

mbone (558574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698495)

An unmanned spacecraft when launched is "fully autonomous" and there are a number that are bigger than 700 metric tons.

Titan IVB - 943 tons
Delta IV - up to 733 tons
Saturn V (there were 3 unmanned launches) - 3000 tons

Re:Why don't rockets count ? (1)

RabidMoose (746680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698877)

It's all in the marketing. Also, I'm not sure you can count fuel weight as being part of the machine. The single-use nature of rockets also makes them questionable choices for counting here.

Re:Why don't rockets count ? (1)

thethibs (882667) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699219)

They aren't autonomous. They're on bang-bang programs that can't adapt to unforseen events.

Re:Why don't rockets count ? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699335)

Because it's just some quick and dirty "clever" title some journalist on a tight deadline came up with, not some deeply-researched and discussed statement of fact?

Just a thought.

He's not heavy... (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698509)

he's my brobot.

Sorry.

Before^2 (1)

Nux'd (1002189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698683)

Us: We've already delivered autonomous mining trucks!

Japan: Oh yeah! We've already delivered autonomous mining trucks.. ALREADY!

Us: They're always one step ahead!

It's not something that you just dump something on (1)

AC-x (735297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698703)

It's not a big truck ... oh wait yes it is!

Re:It's not something that you just dump something (1)

Robin47 (1379745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698807)

No, its a BIG TRUCK. And very large. (when big just doesn't say enough)

I, for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698723)

welcome our autonomous, load-bearing overlords

Harvester (1)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698779)

It even looks a bit like the Command And Conquer one. I wonder how much tank damage that baby can take?

Mining in the Pilbara (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25698783)

I live in Western Australia, where Rio Tinto are developing their autonomous mining equipment. My old man is employed by Rio as a radio techie and as such he has a small part to play in the development of their autonomous trucks. I'm posting anonymously as I don't want any of these remarks getting him in trouble.

The basic model relies on a single central system coordinating all the trucks as they move about. There have been a lot of kinks to do with radio lines of sight. Mine sites where the principal ore body is ferrous tend not to be very friendly to radio transmission. The actual driving of the trucks is not hugely complicated as the routes are identical for every run and GPS systems make it easy to align a truck with the road. It's not like navigating a desert track or urban landscape.

Rio are also working on automating their trains. Alongside BHP, Rio has one of the largest fully private rail networks in the world. The two mining giants run the largest freight trains anywhere -- several kilometres long with tens of thousands of tons of iron ore. That may change as the two mining giants are being forced to open their networks to junior mining companies -- it looks easy on paper but railway systems are extremely complicated and finely balanced systems.

The scale of the mining efforts in the Pilbara boggle the mind. They are utterly vast. Whole mountains made of rust are being excavated, crushed and then shipped to Japan and China. The pace is frenetic. Rio and BHP can't find enough workers and that has caused costs to explode, which is part of why they are turning to automation. But really it's about throughput: an autonomous truck doesn't need lunch breaks, delays for shift change or the like. Every minute counts.

Rio have been more forward-looking than BHP in this department, so it may not last as BHP are trying to carry out a hostile takeover at the moment.

Re:Mining in the Pilbara (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699015)

why dont they just use iridium short message service ? no lines of sight to worry about.

Re:Mining in the Pilbara (2, Interesting)

daBass (56811) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699355)

With a mine 2 kilometers deep and 7 KMs wide, you may well have LOS problems with LEO satellites! In fact, even GPS is a problem and most of these system don't use GPS at all, rather relying on a series of land-based transmitters on the edge of the excavation.

Re:Mining in the Pilbara (2, Interesting)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700187)

To put some numbers on this a small ship loading plant hits an easy 300 megatonne per annum. The cost of downtime on a line is around $500 a second.

"Yo mamma's so fat" jokes (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25698889)

Does anyone else have a mental image of some guy walking up to a car manufacture bot and starting his tirade of abuse with "Yo mamma's so fat..."

It's not a dump truck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699057)

It's a series of tubes!

What no "I for one welcome" joke? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699071)

You guys are slacking.

I, for one (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699899)

welcome our new Anonymous Coward overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted Slashdot personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground trolling systems.

Obligatory MST3K (1)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699099)

MEGA-WEAPON! Now where is that guy from Paper Chase?

sorry, i thought this was about the ob-org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699193)

the ob-org is a group of separate drones that act as one to elect their messiah. they all say the same thing and they're all as dumb as a bag of bricks. they're also all going to deny their support once his administration tanks.

Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699291)

...can it out-tow the Tundra?

CMU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699547)

Unlike most of you, I actually went to Carnegie Mellon as an undergrad. Bow before me.

Heaviest? (1)

pleappleappleap (1182301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699653)

There are robots that weigh more than 700 tons.

Integrated factory automation systems get *big*.

Those Assholes! (1)

skam240 (789197) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699669)

Great, now when the great robot revolution happens they'll be coming at us from under the ground too.

Previous Slashdot Story (2, Informative)

Leif_Bloomquist (311286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699675)

This isn't all that new...I submitted a story to Slashdot about a fully autonomous/tele-operated underground mine back in 2001! (Disclaimer, I was one of the engineers on the project.)

http://slashdot.org/articles/01/01/30/1552243.shtml [slashdot.org]

object detection important for saving the tires. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25699775)

The most vulnerable part of the whole truck is the tires. the tires are easily $50,000 each, and these trucks have six of them. The roads must be maintained to avoid cutting the tires. So the comment about detecting objects and running over them is about safety, but its also about tires. The next thing to worry about is truck frames and bodies. Also a problem on poorly maintained roads. these machines last upwards of 100,000 hours. That's 10-15 years running 24/7 with downtime for maintenance, repairs, rebuilds, fueling etc.

Bolo time:-) (1)

marcushnk (90744) | more than 5 years ago | (#25699925)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_(tank) [wikipedia.org]

A great series of books to read:
A Bolo is a fictional type of artificially intelligent super-heavy tank. They were first imagined by Keith Laumer, and have since been featured in science fiction novels and short stories by him and others.

correction (2, Informative)

Eto_Demerzel79 (1011949) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700151)

The Cat 797 mining truck actually hauls 400 tons, not 240 as stated in the article. The 240 ton truck is the 793.

TerraMax (2, Informative)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700189)

Although the vehicle mentioned in the article is not a DARPA challenge setup, there was one competitor in the DARPA challenge that would be almost as intimidating if it went rogue:

- TerraMax [terramax.com]

Although the vehicle has had it's share of buggy moments, it's has done surprising well, especially considering it's sheer size.

Imagine... (2, Funny)

CptNerd (455084) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700233)

Since no one has said it yet, "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these"...

soon to be connected online (1)

Rick Bentley (988595) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700267)

connecting the robots to Skynet, oops, I mean the "Internet", should be just around the corner...

stephen hawking + mining robot shell = (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25700843)

world domination

brain and brawn, unmatched

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