Canada’s oilsands turn to self-driving trucks

In Canada, oilsands companies looking to cut costs and boost productivity are turning to self-driving trucks. “Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil company, confirmed this week it has entered into a five-year agreement with Komatsu Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer of earthmoving and construction machines, to purchase new heavy haulers for its mining operations north of Fort McMurray. All the new trucks will be “autonomous-ready,” meaning they are capable of operating without a driver.  Unifor, the union representing employees about to lose their jobs, is already reacting.”

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