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RTS becomes real: driverless mining trucks return minerals to HQ

Google might still be testing its driverless car, but the mining industry is already operating with vehicles that don't require humans.

(Screenshot by Craig Simms/CNET Australia)

Putting us in mind of StarCraft's Probes, busily returning minerals to the Nexus without human intervention, Rio Tinto has turned to driverless mining trucks.

Courtesy of mining company Komatsu, the titanic vehicles operate by GPS, and can detect obstructions, if possible moving around them.

The Register has the full story here, and we thoroughly recommend checking out its story and video to appreciate the full scale and potential of these automated giants.