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Apprentices were given a sneak peak into the future of heavy vehicle manufacturing when heavy vehicle designer Smith Global showcased their new semi-autonomous mining truck at our Acacia Ridge campus. 

Heavy vehicle manufacturer Smith Global and transport company Toll Mining Services delivered a testing masterclass on their new driverless technology to apprentices at TAFE Queensland’s Acacia Ridge campus on 11 and 12 October 2018. 

The automobile industry is currently experiencing an unprecedented rate of change with digitalisation, connectivity, electric mobility, and autonomous driving all impacting on the future trajectory of the automotive industry.

TAFE Queensland Heavy Vehicle Business Manager Geoff Tillett said showcasing emerging and disruptive technology like this is an incredible opportunity for current apprentices to witness.

"Engaging early with a global brand leading the way forward in driverless technology is testament to TAFE Queensland’s commitment to high-quality and industry-relevant training of our future automotive apprentices," said Mr Tillett.

Smith Global General Manger of Engineering Kevin McDonnell said the powered dolly prototype is a welcome advancement in mining transportation.

"Developed in Australia, the application of this emerging technology will see safer, more efficient long haul transport with a 100 kilometre haul viable as a result of the technology," said Mr McDonnell.

"With plans to manufacture a fleet of semi-autonomous heavy vehicle trucks, testing for the long-term reliability of the engine is a vital step in bringing the prototype to life."

The founder of the project, Toll Mining Services, is committed to remaining at the forefront of transport technology by developing new and innovative solutions for Australian and International off-highway markets.


Find out more about TAFE Queensland's range of automotive courses. 

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