Carnegie Mellon University
and heavy construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have teamed up to fully automate the largest type of truck on the planet, a 700-ton vehicle used in surface mining. The project will be based on software used by CMU to win the DARPA Urban Challenge and relies on GPS, laser range finders and video equipment. The automation of the giant trucks is expected to provide productivity gains through more consistency in mining operations and to enhance the safety of miners by eliminating difficulties in driving in a mine's low visibility foggy and dusty environment.
More details in CMU's robotic autonomous vehicle press release