Rio Tinto’s autonomous train completes first shipment journey
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.”