Rio Tinto’s au­ton­o­mous train com­pletes first ship­ment jour­ney

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Rio Tinto has com­pleted the very first de­liv­ery of iron ore by an au­ton­o­mous train in the Pil­bara, which trav­eled over 280 kilo­me­ters, from Tom prove to the Port of Cape Lam­bert. This is part of the com­pany’s $940 mil­lion Au­to­haul pro­gram, which fo­cuses on au­tomat­ing trains for the trans­port of min­er­als in the Pil­bara re­gion in Aus­tralia.

Once com­mis­sioned, the net­work will be the world’s first heavy haul, long dis­tance au­ton­o­mous rail op­er­a­tion. Rio Tinto op­er­ates around 200 lo­co­mo­tives on over 1,700 kilo­me­ters of track in the Pil­bara, trans­port­ing ore from six­teen mines to four port ter­mi­nals. Rio Tinto Iron Ore man­ag­ing direc­tor Rail, Port & Core Ser­vices, Ivan Vella said “The safe first de­liv­ery of iron ore by an au­ton­o­mous train is a key mile­stone for Au­to­haul. The pro­gram will de­liver the world’s first fully au­ton­o­mous, long-dis­tance, heavy-haul rail net­work, op­er­at­ing the world’s largest and long­est ro­bots.”

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