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Yikong Zhijia to Launch Autonomous Mining Vehicles in 2023
Beijing Yikong Zhijia Technology is a Chinese company that provides autonomous driving solutions for mines. In August 2021, it raised tens of millions of dollars from a number of investors including major Chinese mining company Zijin Mining Group. The money will be used to expand the company’s technology development team, purchase equipment such as mining vehicles and develop new products.
In August 2021, Yikong Zhijia announced its future business plans. It aims to gradually reduce the number of safety personnel on existing autonomous-driving transport vehicles for mines from the end of 2021. The company will also raise the scale of vehicle use in a single mine to around 80 vehicles after maturing autonomous driving technology in open pit coal mines by 2023. Overseas expansion is also under consideration, initially entering the Australian market followed by Canada. Services will be provided to Chinese mining companies in the initial phase and then to global players such as Rio Tinto Group and BHP.
Yikong Zhijia: Company Overview and History
||Beijing Yikong Zhijia Technology Co., Ltd.
||Yikong Zhijia (also called EQ)
||President Lan Shuisheng
||75.62 million CNY
||Lan Shuisheng (private investor) 42.3%, Ningbo Meishan Bonded Port Area Nanying Investment Management 13.2%, Jiaxing Zhitao Venture Capital Partnership 11.7%, Zhang Lei (private investor) 10.6%, etc.
||Autonomous driving solutions for mining vehicles, development of transport management systems, transportation service supplier utilizing autonomous driving technology
||Beijing, Shanghai, Ordos (Inner Mongolia AR)
・May 2018: Established.
・Nov. 2018: Completed testing of autonomous driving vehicles within factory premises.
・Mar. 2019: Began testing of autonomous driving vehicles at a mining site.
・Oct. 2019: Started operation of a coordinated control platform for autonomous vehicles.
・Dec. 2019: Launched four autonomous driving vehicles at a mining site.
・Jun. 2020: Increased the number autonomous driving vehicles at a mining site to 12 units.
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Yikong Zhijia: Major Partners
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|Ordos City Dalat Banner Mengxin Coal
||・Provides topsoil transportation service at an open pit coal mine by utilizing self-developed autonomous- driving vehicles.
- Driver-driven vehicles are also used at the same site in order to collect data on mining transportation for future autonomous-driving vehicle development.
|Shaanxi Tonly Heavy Industries
||・Developed an autonomous-driving vehicle in partnership with Shaanxi Tonly Heavy Industries.
・The vehicle is a Tonly mining truck equipped with a chassis-by-wire system and has a loading capacity of 40 – 60 tons.
・Equipped with detection, judgment, route planning and vehicle control algorithms, LiDAR, and millimeter-wave radar among other technology. It is also equipped with RTK (real-time kinematic) positioning system.
||・Adopted Huawei's in-vehicle computing platform MDC (Mobile Data Center).